Apple’s HomePod Launches in Mainland China and Hong Kong on Jan. 18

Apple announced today its HomePod wireless speaker is set to launch in mainland China and Hong Kong, starting Friday, January 18.

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“HomePod is the perfect wireless speaker for music lovers. It 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 senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a press release.

The launch of HomePod in China joins existing markets including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and Spain. Apple says HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation).

“We’re excited to bring HomePod to our customers in mainland China and Hong Kong markets. We can’t wait for them to experience how great it sounds in their home, we think they are going to love it,” added Schiller.

When iOS 12.1.1 was released for HomePod in early December, it also noted support for both Mainland China and Hong Kong, suggesting a launch was imminent.

Last month, Apple’s China site listed HomePod as coming soon, with an early 2019 launch date, pricing it at 2799 RMB, or about $548 CAD.

Apple launched HomePod in Canada back in July 2018, priced at $449 CAD.