apple homepod up for preorders in japan and taiwan

Preorders for the Apple HomePod are now live on Apple’s Japan and Taiwan websites. The smart speaker retails for JPY 32,800 Yen ($308) and TWD 9,900 ($316), respectively, with an expected shipping date of next Friday, August 23.

The HomePod currently retails in the US for $300, following a $50 price cut. It was slow to gain market share with most competitors coming at a fraction of the its price and Amazon’s strong hold of the smart speaker market.

Since its launch, Apple has updated the HomePod with phone call support, support for multiple timers, and ability to search for…