Apple Delays HomePod Speaker Until Early 2018

18 November, 2017, 01:45 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
  • Apple's HomePod delayed until next year

Did you want to wow someone special in your life with a new Apple HomePod speaker for the holidays?

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.

Powered by Apple's Siri digital assistant, HomePod is priced starting at US$349, at the high end of the market, and is designed with high-quality audio to pair with the Apple Music subscription service. Apple's HomePod is aware of how big the room is where it is being placed, and adjusts the sound accordingly for the best experience. The smart speaker was due to launch in the US, UK, and Australia in December 2017, having been announced back in June alongside the iMac Pro at WWDC. Although Siri was early to the voice assistant party, the company is late to the smart speaker trend.

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HomePod is created to work with an Apple Music subscription and iPhone 5s and above running iOS 11. Apple introduced the speaker this year and was originally set to ship it next month, but the company said it was still working on the product. Competitors in the smart speaker space, meanwhile, are flooding the zone.

For instance, consumers will be able to request songs and playlists from Apple Music, but third-party support for voice commands is limited to a small number of app categories that could leave Spotify and others in the cold.

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