Apple HomePod has been made available for sale in India. The device was officially launched by the company in 2018, but users had to wait a bit for its availability. This device supports Siri in English language and it can be connected on iOS 13.3.1. Apple HomePod Smart Speaker in India costs Rs 19,900 and can be purchased from almost all e-commerce websites.
According to the information given on the company’s official website, Apple HomePod has become available in the company’s stores and on Amazon, Flipkart and Paytm. This device works on the company’s A8 chip and has Siri support. With the help of Siri, users can control it easily through voice. This device can compete with the already existing Amazon Echo and Google Home in the market.
Apple HomePod, released in early 2018, finally goes on sale-in India. Despite the fact that in January this year the price of an intelligent speaker system in India was 19,000 rupees, the actual sale will begin in the coming days.
It is worth noting that Apple has confirmed the presence of HomePod in the country, but in fact it is not available now. The Apple India website has a Buy button, the customer only needs to find the nearest reseller. In addition, online retailers, including Amazon, Flipkart and Paytm, have also not yet announced sales. Apple also began sending out emails to Indian customers announcing availability.
It seems that sales will begin as soon as retail outlets are allowed to function normally, since it is expected that the lock will be lifted on May 17.
HomePod is Apple’s response to Amazon Echo and Google Home, which dominate the smart speaker segment. Apple is a premium offer in the form of a 6.8-inch cylinder. The 2.5 kg speaker has a subwoofer, seven high-frequency speakers, six microphone units for accurate voice recognition in far areas and internal microphones for automatic correction of low frequencies.
It comes in Space Gray and White options. HomePod works in the ecosystem of Apple devices, so you need at least iPhone 6S, iPhone SE or something newer to connect to HomePod. Any iPad Pro, 5th generation iPad, iPad Air 2 or later and iPad Mini 4 or later will also work with it.
Siri acts as a virtual assistant for answering requests. It also controls smart devices compatible with Apple HomeKit, and also plays music.
According to Bloomberg News, market analysis agency KeyBanc Capital Markets released the latest research report.
The report shows that due to the outbreak of the epidemic, Apple ’s iPhone sales in April fell by 77% compared with the same period.
The agency’s analyst Wen En believes that this trend is more disadvantageous for Apple suppliers such as Qualcomm.
However, KeyBanc’s report also shows that Apple’s online sales have grown since March. However, this is still not enough to offset the impact of the closing of offline stores.
Wen En said in the report that iPhone sales showed moderate growth in the second half of April, and analysts believe it is unclear whether this situation will continue.
On March 14, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the closure of all Apple retail stores outside of Greater China. The company initially planned to reopen retail stores on March 27, but due to the spread of overseas epidemics, until May Some stores have resumed business one after another. Globally, Apple has more than 500 Apple Store retail stores, of which 42 are located in Greater China.
Apple ’s financial report for the second fiscal quarter of fiscal 2020 released in May showed that Apple ’s second-quarter net profit was 11.249 billion US dollars, a decrease of 3% over the same period; net revenue was 58.313 billion US dollars, an increase of 1% over the same period. A year-on-year decline of 7%; Mac revenue fell by 2.9%; iPad revenue fell by 10.34%; service revenue, wearables and home accessories revenue increased by 17% and 23% respectively.
Earlier, Goldman Sachs issued a report in April predicting that Apple iPhone sales in the second quarter of 2020 may have a huge decline, the decline may be more than one-third. To this end, Goldman Sachs downgraded Apple’s stock rating from “neutral” to “sell”. Goldman Sachs analysts have said that due to the impact of economic development on the new coronary pneumonia epidemic, iPhone sales in the second quarter of this year may decline by 36% over the same period
Last month, Apple released the second generation of the low-cost iPhone SE. According to foreign media reports, the company is still developing a number of new products, including new HomePod smart speakers, new Apple TV, and new MacBook Pro. As of the close of US stocks on Monday, Apple shares rose 1.57% to $ 315.