HomePod Launching in Japan and Taiwan on August 23, Pre-Orders Available Now

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's HomePod is set to launch in Japan and Taiwan next week, on Friday, August 23, Apple announced today. Ahead of the launch, Apple is accepting pre-orders through its online stores in Japan and Taiwan.


    The HomePod is available for ¥32,800 in Japan and NT$9,900 in Taiwan, which is $10 to $15 higher than the price in the U.S. When the HomePod first launched in the United States in 2018, it was priced at $349, but the price was lowered to $299 in April of this year.

    Apple announced plans to expand the HomePod to Japan and Taiwan earlier this summer, and added support for the new countries in the 12.4 software made available for the HomePod in late July.

    Apple now sells the HomePod in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, China, and Hong Kong, along with Taiwan and Japan.

    Article Link: HomePod Launching in Japan and Taiwan on August 23, Pre-Orders Available Now
  2. Gsmaniac macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2014
  3. ipedro macrumors 601


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    This is certainly not a product Apple is giving up on. Expanding reach, frequent updates with new features, integration with Siri Shortcuts that continually give it new capabilities, an accumulating user base.

    Apple isn’t giving up on HomePod anymore than they gave up on the AppleTV when it was a niche product. It was a foundation on which Apple is building on through software updates.

    It’s still only a little over year old and has already received 3 major updates. If anything, they’re dedicated to it.

    Eventually, the critics will end up in the same place as those who said the Apple Watch was a failure. Curiously, you never hear from those people again.
  4. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    Why is this thing not available everywhere already? It's not like Siri actually works anyway...
  5. OriginalMacRat macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    Especially when they haven't sold very well.
  6. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    The original Apple Watch wasn’t that great. Thankfully Apple rectified its mistakes.
  7. calstanford macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2014
    Hong Kong
  8. ThatGuyInLa macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2012
    Glendale, Ca.
  9. sydneysider88 macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2019
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    I've got one and honestly I don't use it much. If it had built-in Spotify/Bluetooth, or if Siri actually worked—it'd be useful.
  10. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Roughly 3-4 hours a day. Every day. For the past year and a half.

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    Siri actually works. Maybe a trip to the genius bar is in order?
  11. Darth-Kylie macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2009
    Seconded. I have a stereo pair in one room and a single unit in a bedroom, which I used to stream music from Apple Music or from iOS and to query and control HomeKit accessories both within and outwith my home. Sounds great. Works great.
  12. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    Compare the population of New Zealand vs Japan and Taiwan.
  13. iObama macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    I sure wish they'd freakin' launch one with an EQ in the US so I could replace my Sonos...

    (Aside from those trash presets nested in Settings.)
  14. James Craner, Aug 15, 2019 at 10:57 PM
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019 at 11:03 PM

    James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    I replaced my Sonos system with 4 Homepods, works and sounds much better, use them everyday. I have very few problems with Siri, awesome to control my music with my voice. Love them.

    however if you don’t use Apple Music, then I understand that Homepods may not work for you.
  15. ghanwani macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2008
    My friend uses it when he visits. Otherwise never gets used. I paid $349 to get one last year.
  16. mi7chy, Aug 15, 2019 at 11:37 PM
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019 at 11:48 PM

    mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Makes sense to shift unsold US stock to elsewhere in the world since internal power supply is already universal 100V to 240V AC.

    Only barrier to adoption in Taiwan is Apple honoring 'one China policy' and storing Taiwanese citizens' iCloud user data on Chinese government owned servers for cracking down on dissidents.
  17. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    Of course this thing is not selling even well, not very well, since it was available in 3 countries at the beginning for years
  18. realtuner macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2019
    Why do you need an EQ?
  19. allenvanhellen macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2015
  20. PCMA macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2006
    This not true. In fact, Apple doesn't sell the HomePod anywhere.
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    New Zealand speaks English. Presumably it's easy for Apple to rollout products to English speaking countries first.
  21. jcswim312 macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2008
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Shouldn’t version 2 of the HomePod be coming out soon??

    This was released in January 2018..
  22. Soccertess, Aug 16, 2019 at 12:50 AM
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Soccertess macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2005
    To be honest, wearables have been a bit of a failure in general but Apple does have the best wearable by far. I think that is why so many companies have given up on wearables.

    I just think the apple watch is a far cry for mass adoption though. I do blame carriers a lot who are charging way too much for a data plan. I think this is hurting Apple watch sales.

    But again not a massive popular device in the grand scheme of tech unless you are in some parts of the US. While the Apple watch is a very very good device, majority of devices are Android in this world with iOS only dominating Japan and USA. Big markets like China and India, Apple is by far not the biggest player. So the smaller the eco system, the less benefit there is to owning an apple watch.
  23. Jim Lahey macrumors 6502

    Jim Lahey

    Apr 8, 2014
    Great Britain
    Great product with excellent audio quality. I don't have one but wouldn't hesitate if my needs changed.
  24. subjonas macrumors 68020

    Feb 10, 2014
    I really like my HomePod. Or I should say, I like it ok but I really like its potential. Right now it’s relegated to my bedroom mainly as an alarm clock and weather checker, and sometimes a music player, and once in awhile a smart assistant for other miscellaneous tasks (I’d use the smart assistant features a lot more if my home was “smarter”). If Apple made a cheaper version HomePod with worse speakers but same mics, that version would have been more appropriate for this role, but I got the HomePod on a very good sale.

    What I think the HomePod is sorely lacking (for me), is integration with home entertainment. I would love to buy a pair of HomePods for my living room, but I’m reluctant to spend that kind of money for music-only speakers. I watch shows and movies more often than I listen to music at home. And actually regardless of money, I simply don’t want two separate speaker systems for each. So I’d love HomePods so much more if they were designed to also be used with my TV/AppleTV/bluray player for movies and shows. (It can work with Apple TV, but it’s not ideal for a number of reasons.) How great would that be to have one pair of great-sounding, good-looking Apple speakers for all my home entertainment needs as well as smart assistant needs. (Note- I actually only want a stereo pair, even for movies, but maybe Apple could add surround sound functionality to HomePods in the future for people who want that.)

    I know others in these forums have expressed the same wish, and probably many out there. It could possibly boost sales tremendously if implemented (and advertised). I’m sure Apple has thought of it. I’m just hoping it’s in the works. Or if not that, then at least an AirPlay/Siri mic base system that can hook up to high quality speakers.

    Til then, sadly it will continue being under-utilized on my night stand.
  25. ChrisMoBro macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2016
    A trustworthy review then.

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