Apple delays release of HomePod speaker until early 2018

18 November, 2017, 02:13 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Apple's HomePod delayed until next year

If you've been holding out to get Apple's HomePod as a holiday present, we've got some bad news for you: the company has delayed the speaker until next year. We'll start shipping in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia in early 2018.

Apple may be missing the holiday shopping season by delaying its HomePod until 2018, but that decision could pay dividends if it makes Siri a better assistant.

In June, some analysts questioned whether a December launch was already too late for Apple to compete with Amazon and Google for the connected home market. At the time, Apple touted the device as a quality sound speaker first and a home assistant second, with 360-degree tweeters along the base and a 4-inch, upward-facing woofer. It connects to Apple Music wirelessly through Wi-Fi and to other Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, through AirPlay 2.

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Remember Apple's smart speaker it was planning to release called HomePod? It will now go on sale in early 2018, Apple said. It's also possible-and I think more likely-Apple is having a tough time overcoming design issues.

OK, Google, and hey, Alexa. When the company announced HomePod in June as a higher-fidelity answer to Amazon's Echo and Google Home - and its Siri personal digital assistant on board - December had been its scheduled release. Google introduced a audio-centric Google Home Max in October, which is supposed to ship next month.

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