Apple's HomePod speaker delayed until next year

Apple's HomePod speaker delayed until next year

Apple's HomePod speaker delayed until next year

Apple will delay the launch of its HomePod "smart speaker" until 2018, pushing back the timeline from a promised December delivery.

The Apple HomePod will lose a significant number of potential sales because of the delay, but being absent for one holiday season might not matter in the long run for Apple.

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.

The speaker is cylindrical in shape, just like the Amazon Echo, but the HomePod features an array of seven speaker tweeters, six microphone array, and a four-inch subwoofer.

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"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". However, the tech giant has now said it will start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018. Like its competitors, the speaker is controlled by Apple's AI assistant - Siri - which can do things such as read out the news, send iMessages and arrange music play lists.

The HomePod looks like an oversized toilet paper roll covered in mesh fabric.

The former get sound flowing throughout the room; the later detect voice commands starting with "Hey Siri" to perform tasks ranging from playing music to driving HomeKit-compatible devices such as Philips Hue LED lighting. Too many companies have rushed the development of their devices only to release the products with various issues and bugs, including the Google Home Mini that came with an alarming privacy concern as it recorded everything it heard.

Earlier this year, Amazon announced the Echo Plus, a smart speaker with better audio quality, and Google confirmed that its Home Max speaker with improved speakers will ship in December, though it has not given a specific date. You can stream other services to it from a smartphone, but not with Siri. Luckily for Apple, its new iPhone X and iPhone 8 seem to be selling well enough.

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