It’s been a while since Apple’s HomePod smart speaker came out and was available across the world in limited markets. However, Apple has now launched the HomePod in India and has been quietly added to the list of products that the company sells in India. The HomePod is still not available for purchase but the price has been announced by Apple. The good part is that the HomePod in India is much cheaper than the international versions.
Apple lists the HomePod in India at a price of Rs 19,900 and so far, it’s just showing up on the Apple website. The Apple HomePod is available in two types of colours: Space Grey and White. Neither Amazon nor Flipkart has listed the device on their websites and thus it appears that the HomePod could be an exclusive product offline similar to the new iPod Touch.
The HomePod’s key features remain unchanged for India. Apple has released an update to iOS 13 and iPadOS devices which supports Indian English Siri voices for HomePod. The HomePod operates within the ecosystem of Apple devices. The HomePod only works with iPhones and iPads and can stream from Apple Music and therefore you need to have some basic requirements before you invest in a new HomePod smart speaker from Apple. Apple says that to use the HomePod, you need to have at least one iPhone 6S, iPhone SE and newer iPhone devices. For iPad owners, they need the iPad Pro, iPad 5th generation, iPad Air 2 or later and iPad Mini 4 or later with iPadOS. Wi-Fi internet connectivity is an absolute necessity, while Apple is also mandating an active Apple Music subscription for full music functionality.
If you happen to be in the Apple ecosystem, the HomePod brings in some special intelligent features to support you with your daily home tasks. The 2.5 kg speaker consists of a detailed list of the hardware inside. Apple has incorporated a’ high-excursion woofer with a custom amplifier, seven horn-loaded tweeters with custom amplifiers, six microphone array for far-field Siri and internal mics for automatic bass correction. It can even perform direct and ambient audio beamforming as well as transparent studio-level dynamic processing. For a stereo effect, one can pair two HomePods too.