Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018

18 November, 2017, 02:13 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
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At the time, Apple touted the device as a quality sound speaker first and a home assistant second, with 360-degree tweeters along the base and a 4-inch, upward-facing woofer. "We'll start shipping in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia in early 2018", an Apple spokeswoman said via email.

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

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Apple's main pitch for its HomePod smart speakers was superior audio quality, but that advantage appears to be slipping: Sonos, which also pitches its speakers' audio quality for music lovers, now features support for the Alexa voice assistant. Where Apple does fall short is providing a smart experience with Siri.

OK, Google, and hey, Alexa. For Apple, this may not be a big deal as their products tend to sell well no matter when they are released but it does make you wonder what the issue is with the device.

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Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announces the new Apple HomePod during the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, June 5, 2017.

If you were planning on purchasing the Apple HomePod next month, you are going to have to wait. If HomePod isn't shipping by March we may be waiting until late June before it shows up on store shelves. By the end of the year, Google says it is expected to release a higher-end version of the Home speaker, the Google Home Max, which at $399 would be the most expensive of the connected speakers.

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