iOS 16.6 suggests HomePod and HomePod Mini launch in Israel soon.

iOS 16.6 suggests HomePod and HomePod Mini launch in Israel soon.

Apple to Release Second-Generation HomePod and HomePod mini in Israel Soon

Apple fans in Israel have something to look forward to as the tech giant is on the verge of releasing its second-generation HomePod and HomePod mini in the country. The iOS 16.6 Release Candidate has recently added Hebrew support for Siri on the HomePod, according to Israeli website The Verifier1. While Apple does not currently have an online store or retail stores in Israel, the speakers will be sold at authorized resellers across the country.

It seems that Apple has been testing Hebrew support for Siri on the HomePods with select users in Israel, which is a similar practice carried out in other countries prior to a speaker launch. This indicates that the availability of HomePods in Israel is imminent, with market availability expected in the coming months2.

The HomePod mini was first released by Apple in October 2020 in the U.S. and select other countries. Since then, the speaker has not received any major hardware upgrades. However, in November 2021, Apple launched new color options and earlier this year enabled the speaker’s temperature and humidity sensor3. On the other hand, the second-generation HomePod arrived in January, almost two years after the discontinuation of the original full-sized model by Apple4.

Apple’s expansion of the HomePod and HomePod mini’s availability is not limited to Israel. In recent years, the company has launched these smart speakers in various other countries as well. Earlier this year, Chile, Singapore, and Denmark were among the lucky countries to receive the devices, while Finland, Norway, Sweden, and South Africa were included in the list in late 20215.

Stay tuned as Apple’s HomePod and HomePod mini are about to make a grand entrance in Israel, bringing cutting-edge technology and smart assistant capabilities to homes across the country. Whether you’re a music enthusiast or someone who appreciates the convenience of voice control, these speakers are sure to provide an enriching audio experience and bring Siri’s helpfulness closer than ever before.

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  1. Source: The Verifier↩︎

  2. Source: The Verifier↩︎

  3. Source: The Verifier↩︎

  4. Source: The Verifier↩︎

  5. Source: The Verifier↩︎