Apple HomePod is now available for purchase in India. The smart speaker by the Cupertino company was unveiled as the answer to Amazon Echo and Google Home back in June 2017. It also debuted in markets including the US, UK, and Australia in February 2018 and reached Canada, France, and Germany a little over four months after its initial availability. Notably, Apple revealed the India pricing of the HomePod in January. The company also in late January released support for Indian English Siri voices for HomePod through iOS 13.3.1.
Apple HomePod Availability Details And Price
The Apple HomePod price in India is set at Rs. 19,900, as announced earlier. Apple has confirmed the availability of the HomePod in the country. The Apple India site is also showing a “Buy” button that takes you to the page providing the option to find your nearest Apple reseller. However, online retailers including Amazon, Flipkart, and Paytm are yet to start its sale.
As per a report by MacRumors, Apple has also started sending out emails to customers — informing them about the availability of the HomePod in India.
|Brand Color||Space Grey|
|Power Requirement||240 V|
|OS Compatibility||iOS 8.1 or Later|
|Music Streaming||iTunes, Apple Music, iCloud Music Library, Beats 1 Live Radio, Apple Podcasts, AirPlay Other Content to HomePod from iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, or Mac|
|Output to Stereo System||No|
|Functions||Tap or Hold + or – for Volume Up/Down, Touch and Hold for Siri, Tap to Play/Pause Music or Siri, Double-tap to Skip, Triple-tap to Skip Back|
|Network connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth v5.0, Direct Guest Access, Multiroom Speaker Support with AirPlay|
|Supported Audio Formats||HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV and FLAC|
|Warranty Summary||1 Year Manufacturing Warranty|
|Service Type||Carry In|
|Covered in Warranty||Manufacturing Defects|
|Not Covered in Warranty||Physical Damage|
The Apple HomePod speaker is the perfect speaker for smart homes of music lovers who love to explore new and wide variety of aural entertainment. This home audio system features an Apple-engineered Audio Technology and High-end Software to deliver immersive sound, and an A8 Chip for bass-heavy, distortion-free music. Also, it flaunts an aesthetically pleasing design to enhance the interior decoration of your home while delivering powerful audio.
Apple HomePod Features And Specifications
The 6.8-inch tall Apple HomePod uses the company’s proprietary audio technology that comes with a high-excursion woofer that is equipped with a custom-engineered amplifier. The device also has an array of seven tweeters — each of which has its own amplifier and a transducer — and six different microphones. Apple has also provided its A8 chip that enables smart features through a Siri integration.
To take on the likes of the Amazon Echo and Google Home, the HomePod offers a touch panel that supports gesture controls. There is also a mesh fabric design with White and Space Grey colour options. Furthermore, the speaker has AirPlay 2 support to deliver a multi-room audio experience when using multiple HomePod units.
Connectivity options on the HomePod include Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO and Bluetooth v5.0. There is also support for various audio formats such as HE-AAC, AAC, protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV, and FLAC. The speaker also has a built-in power support.
The HomePod is touted to have spatial awareness that automatically analyses the acoustics and adjusts the sound based on location. Also, it beams direct sound, including the main vocals and instruments, to the middle of the room and diffuses ambient sound into the left and right channels to deliver a balanced audio experience. Users can also connect the HomePod with their iOS or iPadOS device to wirelessly play their stored music tracks. In terms of weight, the HomePod is 2.5kg. It is also 5.6-inch in width.