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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 Plans to Launch MacBook Pro, iPads with Samsung OLED Screens

iPhone-maker may introduce OLED displays on the low-cost iPhone XR's successor expected to launch in 2020

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Apple has recalled a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units. Pixabay

Apple is expected to launch its 16-inch MacBook Pro along with iPad Pro tablets with OLED screens from Samsung.

Apple uses these high-end screens as a selling point for its iPhone XS and XS Max, but iPhone sales have been slowing and the company may need other places to put those screens, The Verge reported late on Friday.

In an earlier report, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo talked about the launch of new Apple devices.

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Apple may use Samsung displays in MacBooks, iPads. Pixabay

Kuo stated that the company might launch a new iPad with 10 or 12-inch screen in late 2020 or early 2021 and a MacBook with 15 to 17-inch screen size in the first half of 2021 equipped with mini-LED panels.

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Kuo has also previously claimed that two new iPad Pro models will enter mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.

According to media reports, the iPhone-maker may introduce OLED displays on the low-cost iPhone XR’s successor expected to launch in 2020. (IANS)