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Apple smart speaker HomePod available in China, Hong Kong

IANS  |  San Francisco 

has announced the availability of its speaker in mainland and markets, starting January 18.

The system will sell for $357 in and $414 in

supports AirPlay 2, creating an effortless way for people to stream audio content from popular apps and services directly from an to HomePod, the company announced on Sunday.

"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

"We're excited to bring HomePod to our customers in mainland and markets," he added.

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

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 hardware, software and services. With HomePod, only after 'Hey Siri' is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier," said Apple.

End-to-end 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 is on the same network as HomePod, Apple added.

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



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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 10:20 IST