Apple Officially Delays HomePod Launch Until 2018

Apple’s Home Pod delay is the right decision

Apple today announced that the HomePod smart speaker will no longer be made available this year, but rather in early 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. Priced at $349, Apple is setting the bar high for the smart speaker as a higher-end sound system like Sonos. The Apple HomePod uses Siri as its virtual assistant, and will stream music, report the latest news, sports scores, weather, flight information and more.

It's not clear exactly what issues led to Apple's decision.




Apple was originally planning to release the HomePod in December, but has now delayed it until 2018. We'll start shipping in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia in early 2018. The company is already behind rivals like Amazon, which pioneered the market for speakers that can be controlled with voice commands and artificial intelligence with the release of the original Echo in 2015.

"Last holiday season, smart speakers were huge, and this season they're going to be huge", O'Donnell said. But voice control is created to work only with Apple Music, the company's $10 a month subscription service.

That's very different from the way other smart speakers integrate with third-party services.

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