Apple’s HomePod launches in China and Hong Kong on Friday, January 18th

HomePod, the innovative wireless speaker from Apple, will be available in mainland China and Hong Kong markets starting Friday, January 18. HomePod delivers stunning audio quality wherever it’s placed, playing any style of music. It’s easy and fun for everyone to use in the home, provides unmatched stereo sound with a stereo pair that offers a wider, more immersive soundstage than traditional stereo speakers, and works together with an Apple Music subscription to stream millions of songs directly to HomePod.

HomePod supports AirPlay 2, creating an effortless way for people to stream audio content from popular apps and services directly from an iOS device to HomePod and still experience breakthrough audio quality, whether listening to an audiobook, live radio or other popular music services.

“HomePod is the perfect wireless speaker for music lovers. It delivers an unmatched music listening experience with high-fidelity sound wherever it is placed and creates a new way to discover and interact with music using Siri,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a statement. “We’re excited to bring HomePod to our customers in mainland China and Hong Kong markets. We can’t wait for them to experience how great it sounds in their home, we think they are going to love it.”

Place HomePod anywhere in the room. It automatically analyzes the acoustics, adjusts the sound based on the speaker’s location, and separates the music into direct and ambient sound. Direct sound is beamed to the middle of the room, while ambient sound is diffused into left and right channels and bounced off the wall. So your music sounds amazing, wherever you are in the room.
Place HomePod anywhere in the room. It automatically analyzes the acoustics, adjusts the sound based on the speaker’s location, and separates the music into direct and ambient sound. Direct sound is beamed to the middle of the room, while ambient sound is diffused into left and right channels and bounced off the wall. So your music sounds amazing, wherever you are in the room.

 
HomePod combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to set a new audio quality standard for a small speaker. Featuring an Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beamforming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in, HomePod is able to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings.

HomePod is designed for voice control with an array of six microphones, so everyone in the family can interact with it from across the room, even while loud music is playing. Apple Music learns personal preferences based on the songs a user listens to and likes and these music tastes are shared across devices. Ask Siri to “play something I like” or choose from a variety of moods and genres such as Mandopop and Cantopop. HomePod, Apple Music and Siri deliver the best ad-free music experience in the home.

Stereo pairs create an even wider soundstage for an incredible listening experience on HomePod.
Stereo pairs create an even wider soundstage for an incredible listening experience on HomePod.

 
The New Artist of the Week program provides new talent with a prominent platform across greater China for their work to be discovered. Since launching in 2015, Apple Music has featured the debut releases of popular new artists coming from all over Asia, with music spanning a wide variety of genres and languages. New artists from mainland China include Corsak, Chace, Lucie Cheung, Gong, Dean Ting and Lu Xianghui. Popular playlists include The A-List International Pop, Today’s Hits, Best of the Week, The A-List Mandopop and Mandopop Replay, containing recent Mandopop hits from the past five years.

HomePod delivers an even more immersive listening experience when two HomePod speakers become a stereo pair, delivering high-fidelity sound with a wide soundstage. Using spatial awareness to sense their location in the room, each HomePod automatically adjusts the audio to sound great wherever it is placed and sound great together. And with AirPlay 2, it’s easy to stream music and other audio content from any AirPlay-supported apps, including QQ Music, DeDao, iHuman Story, Dragonfly FM and Penguin FM in mainland China, and Spotify, KKBOX, JOOX and Podcast in Hong Kong, and still experience high-fidelity sound from HomePod.

AirPlay 2 delivers the best wireless multi-room audio system and makes it easy to play and control music throughout the house with a powerful yet simple interface that works across any AirPlay-compatible speakers and TVs. It’s easy to play music in another room, move music from one room to another or play the same song on multiple HomePod speakers. AirPlay 2 controls are available across iOS within any app and in Control Center for quick access to what’s playing in every room, on every speaker.

HomePod is a convenient way to check the weather or the latest sports scores, set multiple timers and reminders, make and receive phone calls and more. Siri on HomePod also offers storytelling for children, just say “Hey Siri, tell me a story.” As a smart home hub, HomePod controls a wide range of HomeKit smart home accessories, including lights, air quality monitors, door locks, security cameras and more, from over 50 brands worldwide. Simply say, “Hey Siri, what’s the air quality in my home?” or “Hey Siri, turn on the lights in the kitchen and living room.”

Siri Shortcuts, introduced with iOS 12, open up a world of apps to work on HomePod. As Siri learns routines and suggests “shortcuts” on iPhone and iPad, these same shortcuts are now accessible on HomePod. Personalizing shortcuts for HomePod with a series of tasks is easy with a new Shortcuts app. For example, “Hey Siri, Good Morning” could run a routine that turns on the kitchen lights, starts the water kettle, shares the weather forecast and then plays a favorite playlist — all with one simple, customizable command.

Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of Apple hardware, software and services. With HomePod, only after “Hey Siri” is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier. Searches and requests are not associated with a specific identity, so personal information isn’t gathered to sell to advertisers or other organizations. End-to-end encryption ensures that data cannot be accessed, even by Apple. Personal requests, such as the ability to send messages, make phone calls, check calendar appointments and more, are only available if the feature is turned on in Settings and the iOS device is on the same network as HomePod.

HomePod will be available starting Friday, January 18 in mainland China and Hong Kong markets in white and space gray. HomePod is available in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and Spain. HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation).

Learn more about HomePod here.

MacDailyNews Take: Congrats China and Hong Kong, HomePod sounds great and is even more stunning in stereo pairs!

12 Comments

    1. $350 for the Homepod, an expensive doorstop that’s not only late to the party but won’t play well with any of the other kids.

      $800 for the new base model Mac Mini, replete with an i3 processor and 128GB SSD.

      And still some people wonder why AAPL is down 40%. Cook’s greed is suffocating.

      1. I’ve got five stereo pairs; in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and in my office at work. Everything streams nicely and seamlessly from my iPad and iMac. Can’t wait for a HomePod Pro or HomePod 2. So far, so good!

      2. Crappy overpriced products by a failing company. Isn’t it great you have so much choice out there? Stupid to waste any more time here. Move on Big Zero.

        Or I guess your other choice is to stick around here and be a mentally ill, loser troll… repeating the same whining over and over and over.

        1. @Sean

          I see you’re still a cocksucker who enjoys his job. Since 2012 you have been apologizing for Cook. Why don’t you try and sell that shit to the investors who lost hundreds of billions on this greedy incompetent.

          Sorry Sean, you can’t paint me as the crazy Tim Cook hating troll on MDN. It’s not 2012. It’s 2019 and everyone on earth can see what I saw over 7 years ago… that Tim Cook is a lazy, greedy, incompetent gay rights activist who has completely DESTROYED Apple!

          1. Calling you a Moran would be a Huge complement!
            Calling you an Imbecile would still be a pretty big complement !
            Calling you and Idiot would be an insult to idiots!

            How about calling u a total Nothing !

          2. Seems a lot of people don’t enjoy your foul posts. How about you go post on Samsung Daily News, Android Daily News, Google Daily News and, I’m sure your favorite, ASSus Daily News? Oops! My bad.. that is Asus Daily News. Sorry bout that!!

      3. You know that all u do is bitch and offer zero useful productive input.

        And do you know how easy it is to to solve your suffocating problem!?

        Very !!!

        Just get the F out .. you will both do yourrself a favor and us.
        Neither one of us will be suffocating any more.

        You must have some serious intelligence and mental issues if your choice is to spent so much time and energy where u find it to be so suffocating and yet not move on.

        And despite u think u are qualified to advise others when u cant even manage yourself out of your suffocation…Silly

    1. I’m not sure I understand your comment in relation to my paired HomePods. They are connected to my home Wifi and I mostly stream from my iMac (usually with my music collection on iTunes and sometimes Apple Music). So far, so good.

  1. We have 1 HomePod in our house. We LOVE it. There will be more. I paid more for some of my SONOS equipment than I did my HomePod. I have listened to a lot of other stereo equipment. My wife HATED the Sonos (mainly because of the app). She loves the HomePod. I am very happy with my purchase.

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