Apple delays the HomePod speaker until 2018

Apple delays the HomePod speaker until 2018

HomePod, the Siri powered smart speaker which was unveiled back in June will start shipping to the US, UK and Australia in only early 2018.

A final release date is still unavailable and it would be great if Apple is able to release the speakers in January/February.

The delay means Apple will miss the key holiday shopping season in the fast-growing segment of connected speakers.

HomePod will work with Apple's HomeKit platform to control smart-home devices. Apple did not provide a specific reason for the delayed launch. Apple Inc however, has made a decision to evade this season and wait till early next year to launch its much awaited foray into the smart speaker industry.

The Cupertino idiot-tax racket handed out statements to friendly journos on Friday admitting that fans will have to wait until some time next year to get their hands on the gizmo.

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In addition, there are many new smart speaker options that have been added over the last few months by various technology companies, usually integrating Google assistants, Amazon, or even Windows, with some speakers that they allow to choose between several incorporated assistants.

Once it eventually launches, the Apple HomePod will be available for £349 - more than twice the price of Google Home and the Amazon Echo combined at the time of writing. You can stream other services to it from a smartphone, but not with Siri.

HomePod is priced at $349.

SiriKit for HomePod is a great bet and hence Apple does not want to leave loose ends while trying to offer the best possible experience. Previously, we saw some leaked images of the "smart speaker" from Apple.

Apple has made a decision to push back one of the products originally revealed almost 6 months ago in WWDC.

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