Apple HomePod Release Delayed Until 2018

Apple HomePod Release Delayed Until 2018

Apple HomePod Release Delayed Until 2018

"We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers", the company told Paczkowski. Apple hasn't been shy about talking up HomePod's audiophile credentials, squeezing six tweeters and a long-throw woofer - each powered by its own, custom amplifier - into the squat cylindrical design.

Apple has delayed the launch of HomePod, its upcoming smart home speaker, to "early 2018".

Apple first showed off HomePod at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in June and said the device would ship before the end of the year for US$349. Amazon's Echo line starts at $50. Apple meant to release the $349 HomePod in early December so it could be on holiday shopping lists and compete against Amazon's Echo and the Google Home speaker.

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Did you want to wow someone special in your life with a new Apple HomePod speaker for the holidays? For Apple, this may not be a big deal as their products tend to sell well no matter when they are released but it does make you wonder what the issue is with the device.

The delay could be related to obtaining the raw materials for the HomePod's components, as John Martellaro suggested on Friday's TMO Daily Observations podcast.

Alongside the growing popularity of the smart home movement is an increased interest in smart speakers: not only are they a great way to fill the house with music, they also serve as gateways to voice-activated information as well as smart home functionality. Siri hasn't been able to keep up with other assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant.

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