It looks like Apple is ready to launch HomePod mini in several new countries in 2022. One of those countries is Belgium. The smart speaker has already received Siri in Dutch via a software update at the end of 2021 and now appears to be preceding the official launch.
In the news: From HomePod mini It may actually be dated from October 2020, this smart speaker from Apple is still valid. Many enthusiasts have already purchased the device online or through one of the few stores in our country that sells it, but the HomePod mini could also be officially launched in Belgium in 2022.
- It’s a Swedish website Macradion which released news about the HomePad mini earlier this week. They learned from various sources that Apple was going to offer a private beta version of the HomePad mini in Swedish to testers. This appears to precede the launch in the country.
- Thai blog site Camel Note a few days ago that the Thai version of the Apple website has a link to the HomePod mini. Although this link is still giving an error at the moment, it also appears to be expecting a launch.
- In addition, Apple added some languages to the HomePod mini through a software update in December 2021. These are Dutch, Dutch (Belgium) – called Flemish – French (Belgium), French (Switzerland), German (Switzerland), Italian (Switzerland), and Russian. These countries can also expect an official launch of the HomePod mini in 2022.
- Since the launch of the Apple HomePod mini in October 2020, the device is officially available in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Austria, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
What does the official launch of the Apple HomePod mini in Belgium mean for users?
- Since the Dutch Siri was added to the Apple HomePod mini, a lot has changed for users in our country. You can now give the device commands in Dutch and have it say things in Dutch.
- Although most analysts are excited about the update, many note that the process in Dutch is a bit less fluid than in English. It is clear that Apple has invested more money and time on Siri in English than on its Dutch counterpart. With the launch of the HomePod mini in Belgium and the Netherlands, this may change. Apple is known for releasing things once they are 100% working.
- HomePod mini does not currently have Dutch speech recognition. As a result, many users are unable to make personal requests – such as sending messages, calling contacts, or consulting your calendar. This is currently only possible for those who have set up HomeKit with their iPhone, other residents cannot use this. It is hoped that Apple will add speech recognition in languages such as German to the HomePod mini in December 2021. So it is possible that the Dutch language will receive this functionality as well at the official launch in Belgium.
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