Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018

Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018

Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018

The Cupertino, Calif. -based tech company said in a statement it simply needs "a little more time before it's ready for our customers", but failed to get into any specifics about the production delay, CNBC said.

The spokesperson told The Verge the device will ship to the US, United Kingdom, and Australia in early 2018.

Remember Apple's smart speaker it was planning to release called HomePod?

After initially promising the Siri-enabled smart speaker by the end of 2017, Apple has revealed it'll be delayed until early next year.

Apple has forecast between $84 billion and $87 billion in revenue for the holiday - mostly driven by sales of its $999 iPhone X - so it's unlikely that missing a few weeks of sales of its $349 speaker will affect its financial results, Bob O'Donnell, founder of Technalysis Research, said. Amazon's Echo line starts at $50.

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Did you want to wow someone special in your life with a new Apple HomePod speaker for the holidays? This is speculation, of course - unless Apple provides more information, we may never know the reason behind the delay.

The HomePod was first announced in June and is seen as Apple's answer to the popular smart speakers already on the market, most notably the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Apple is also counting on HomePod to boost subscriptions to Apple Music and block the rise of rival Spotify.

HomePod has Siri built-in for voice control using a six-microphone array which makes it a smart speaker. But unlike other companies, Apple is hesitant to open up its speaker to third-party developers.

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