Apple delays the HomePod speaker until 2018

19 November, 2017, 03:04 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • Apple delays HomePod - its answer to Amazon Echo and Google Home - until early 2018

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.

Bad news for those who were looking forward to the Christmas holidays to buy their HomePod units.

Apple delays HomePod - its answer to Amazon Echo and Google Home - until early 2018
Apple Pushes The Launch Of HomePod Smart Speaker To Early 2018

Priced at $349, Apple's smart speaker was originally set to be released in December.

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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The reasons for the delay in the release of the gadget is not specified. The first quarter of 2018 may see the speakers being shipped to the United States, the UK and the Australian markets.

"HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a handsome speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion-free music and be a helpful assistant around your home". You can stream other services to it from a smartphone, but not with Siri.

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The downside is that during all this time, there are many technological companies that have shown their novelties in the segment of smart loudspeakers. Amazon invented the category in 2015 with the Echo, and there are now similar options available from Google, Microsoft and Sonos. Also, the Echo Plus, which will enable the control of connected devices in our home. Although Siri was early to the voice assistant party, the company is late to the smart speaker trend.

The Apple Homepod will be available in two colors: black and white. Previously, we saw some leaked images of the "smart speaker" from Apple.

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Apple HomePod will be its first big new hardware product since the Apple Watch.

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