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Apple Smart Speaker HomePod Available in China, Hong Kong

HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation)

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Apple has announced the availability of its smart speaker HomePod in mainland China and Hong Kong markets, starting January 18.

The system will sell for $357 in Hong Kong and $414 in China.

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, the company announced on Sunday.

“HomePod 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.

“We’re excited to bring HomePod to our customers in mainland China and Hong Kong markets,” he added.

HomePod is designed for voice control with an array of six microphones.

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Siri Shortcuts, introduced with iOS 12, open up a world of apps to work on HomePod.

Personalising shortcuts for HomePod with a series of tasks is easy with a new Shortcuts app.

“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,” said Apple.

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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, Apple added.

HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation). (IANS)

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Apple To Start Production of Low-Cost iPhone Soon

Planning for the new handset was reported in September by Japanese news outlet Nikkei Asian Review

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Apple is reportedly ready to return to the low-cost phone market after an absence of four years. Pixabay

The low cost successor to iPhone SE is getting into mass production next month and Apple could release it in March.

Apple is reportedly ready to return to the low-cost phone market after an absence of four years, CNET reported on Tuesday.

The handset — believed to be comparable in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 from 2017 — would be Apple’s first low-cost smartphone since 2016’s $399 iPhone SE.

It is pertinent to note that the iPhone SE was one of company’s most successful mobile devices in the past half-decade because of a combination of reasons.

Price was a factor but it also offered long-time iPhone fans a reprieve from all the design changes that Apple was doing.

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The low cost successor to iPhone SE is getting into mass production next month and Apple could release it in March. Pixabay

Planning for the new handset was reported in September by Japanese news outlet Nikkei Asian Review.

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The phone will share most components with the current line up of iPhones and use a cheaper LCD display to keep the cost low, according to the Japanese paper, the CNET report added. (IANS)