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Apple last month announced that the HomePod mini would be made available in several new countries in June. Now, less than a month later, the HomePod mini has officially launched in Austria and Ireland, and is listed as "available in June" in New Zealand, suggesting availability in the next couple of weeks.

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The HomePod mini is the follow-up to the original HomePod released in 2018. The full-sized HomePod failed to become a mainstream hit, leading to its discontinuation. The $99 HomePod mini features a significantly smaller design than the original HomePod but offers the same functionality enabled by Siri.

The HomePod mini first launched in October of 2020 in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Spain, and the UK. Both the HomePod and HomePod mini will gain support for Apple Music's recently launched lossless audio feature via a software update later this year. Additionally, the HomePod mini will be able to be set as the default output speaker for Apple TV 4K starting later this year.

Article Link: HomePod mini Launches in Austria and Ireland, Coming to New Zealand Later This Month
 
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mungo2k

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Does anyone know why the rollout is slow around the world? Is it technical or legal? A Siri-language issue? 3 years after the original HomePod release, you still cannot officially buy it in rich, Apple-loving countries like Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, or in other large European countries like Portugal, Italy, Poland, Belgium etc.
 

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Does anyone know why the rollout is slow around the world? Is it technical or legal? A Siri-language issue? 3 years after the original HomePod release, you still cannot officially buy it in rich, Apple-loving countries like Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, or in other large European countries like Portugal, Italy, Poland, Belgium etc.
Exactly what I was about to post.

Maybe the full-sized HomePod would have been more successful it was officially released in more countries with Siri support for more languages and also working with ”direct streaming” (i.e. not just AirPlay) of music services other than Apple Music?
 

sharbeen

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Does anyone know why the rollout is slow around the world? Is it technical or legal? A Siri-language issue? 3 years after the original HomePod release, you still cannot officially buy it in rich, Apple-loving countries like Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, or in other large European countries like Portugal, Italy, Poland, Belgium etc.
they sell grey market homepod and HomePod mini here in UAE and for almost double the price. dont understand why the slow roll out. I would’ve bought the original HomePod had they launched here officially.
 

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Does anyone know why the rollout is slow around the world? Is it technical or legal? A Siri-language issue? 3 years after the original HomePod release, you still cannot officially buy it in rich, Apple-loving countries like Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, or in other large European countries like Portugal, Italy, Poland, Belgium etc.
I think it’s due to Siri, since in almost all the countries that HomePods aren’t sold, Siri is not available on Apple TV either.
 

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It’s still unavailable for purchase on the New Zealand Apple Store.
 
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ah93

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Does anyone know why the rollout is slow around the world? Is it technical or legal? A Siri-language issue? 3 years after the original HomePod release, you still cannot officially buy it in rich, Apple-loving countries like Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, or in other large European countries like Portugal, Italy, Poland, Belgium etc.

I live in New Zealand and imported one but had to switch my Siri language to Australia as it wasn’t available in NZ. I am assuming that tomorrow I will be able to switch it back to NZ Siri.

Edit: It’s unavailable to purchase in NZ still…
 

mungo2k

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I live in New Zealand and imported one but had to switch my Siri language to Australia as it wasn’t available in NZ. I am assuming that tomorrow I will be able to switch it back to NZ Siri.
Yes, I live in Switzerland and you can buy them for a big markup as imports. I guess since they don't have Italian yet, they can't cover all the official languages of Switzerland which might be the blocking point (though if that's the case, there will never be Siri for Switzerland's 4th official language, Retoromansh, so maybe we will never get HomePod!).
 

kimmen

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The sound of the original HomePod wasn't bad enough, so Apple had to try again...
This time they succeeded!
I remember when most people had HiFi in their homes... Uncompressed CD sound on big stereo speakers! TWO of them!!!
 

genovelle

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The sound of the original HomePod wasn't bad enough, so Apple had to try again...
This time they succeeded!
I remember when most people had HiFi in their homes... Uncompressed CD sound on big stereo speakers! TWO of them!!!
How about vinyl?
 
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matrix07

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I really hope with iOS 15 Apple would let us set destination in Shortcuts to more than 1 HomePod at a time. Come on. I have 3 in the house!

(And no, it doesn't sell where I live)
 

mickeynygaard

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Both my wife and I have iPhones and Apple Watches but for home automation we have to rely on Google Assistant as it is available in our native language (Danish)
We really don't wanna bother speaking or native Danish to Siri on our phones/watches and then English for imported HomePod devices...

I'd swap all the Google Assistant devices in a heartbeat if HomePod was able to understand my native language...
 

MauiPa

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With just 1 HomePod Mini on two paired together for Stereo?

Only on 2021 4K AppleTV, or previous gen included?

So no HD AppleTV any gen?
Same functionality as HomePod. And yes as stereo pair, can be set as default, can play dolby Atmos,can play lossless audio, works fine on previous generation 4K AppleTV. (No idea on older, would presume it does stereo pair but older does not do Atmos does it? I don't have one, so I don't know). A future update is supposed to allow Dolby Atmos directly for music played on mini, right now, you can airplay from any device.
 

MauiPa

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I really hope with iOS 15 Apple would let us set destination in Shortcuts to more than 1 HomePod at a time. Come on. I have 3 in the house!

(And no, it doesn't sell where I live)
I have been doing that for awhile. even before iOS 15. Just set scenes in Home app, and run scenes via shortcuts
 

matrix07

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I have been doing that for awhile. even before iOS 15. Just set scenes in Home app, and run scenes via shortcuts
I think I understand what you meant. Thank you. A bit convoluted but I’ll check it out.
 

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The sound of the original HomePod wasn't bad enough, so Apple had to try again...
This time they succeeded!
I remember when most people had HiFi in their homes... Uncompressed CD sound on big stereo speakers! TWO of them!!!
Well, all random dude snark aside. Professional testers have rated the HomePod as sounding great. (I wold agree). The mini also sounds fantastic. I have a pair set up in a room with a HomePod, you can play on all three speakers, set the volume so that it splits the sound field in the middle and then move between the HomePod and mini, the tone and musical characteristics are pretty much identical, except for a heavier bass sound on the HomePod, but not unpleasantly so.
 
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MauiPa

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I think I understand what you meant. Thank you. A bit convoluted but I’ll check it out.
it is actually not convoluted at all. that way you can run the scenes from appletv, your Mac, your iPhone your appleWatch, from Sirii. Maybe it is not the way you would think, but it actually makes a lot on sense. One scene - use it everywhere. I have basically 2 set up HomePods on and HomePods off and then set them in shortcuts as Music on and Music Off. cheers
 

matrix07

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it is actually not convoluted at all. that way you can run the scenes from appletv, your Mac, your iPhone your appleWatch, from Sirii. Maybe it is not the way you would think, but it actually makes a lot on sense. One scene - use it everywhere. I have basically 2 set up HomePods on and HomePods off and then set them in shortcuts as Music on and Music Off. cheers
Thanks ? I’ll try it.
 
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paulyras

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I think it’s due to Siri, since in almost all the countries that HomePods aren’t sold, Siri is not available on Apple TV either.
Siri's been available in Singapore for years, but no HomePod joy. I'm sure it's a business decision- How many can we realistically expect to sell, given the market penetration in markets where available and the small population of SG, vs the cost of an expensive Bay Area salaried engineer flipping a 0 to a 1 in the code to enable Singapore English. Unfortunately, the math doesn't appear to work out...
 

Powerbooky

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Does anyone know why the rollout is slow around the world? Is it technical or legal? A Siri-language issue? 3 years after the original HomePod release, you still cannot officially buy it in rich, Apple-loving countries like Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, or in other large European countries like Portugal, Italy, Poland, Belgium etc.

I think it’s due to Siri, since in almost all the countries that HomePods aren’t sold, Siri is not available on Apple TV either.

Well... Siri is available on AppleTV in most European countries, but like on the iPhone/iPad, it seems more limited in functionality (understanding the sentence and context) compared to those countries where the native languages is not English, Spanish, French or German. I still find it amazing that it still can "decode" most voices almost correctly, even the gibberish talk of my 4 year old.
 
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LimpHamster

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Does anyone know why the rollout is slow around the world? Is it technical or legal? A Siri-language issue? 3 years after the original HomePod release, you still cannot officially buy it in rich, Apple-loving countries like Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, or in other large European countries like Portugal, Italy, Poland, Belgium etc.
Wonder the same, why would it take so long for apple to launch the HomePod in other countries? It is really disappointing. There are more examples of such slow roll-outs, like the swipe to type feature in iOS which is not available in parts of Europe, I suppose the live text feature wont be available in like a decay too :)
 
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