Apple delays the HomePod speaker until 2018

Apple delays the HomePod speaker until 2018

It's not clear whether this is an issue with software, hardware, or production, but a delay is a delay. "We'll start shipping in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia in early 2018".

Apple had announced earlier that its HomePod wireless speaker will be sold at $349and would be available by December this year. Amazon invented the category in 2015 with the Echo, and there are now similar options available from Google, Microsoft and Sonos. Amazon's Echo line starts at $50.

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Apple has officially confirmed this in a statement and have said the HomePod is still work in progress and they need more time to finish and reach the device to their customers' homes. A Google Home Mini costs $49, but the company is also coming out with a higher-end version for $399. Apple billed the speaker as not only an AI assistant, but also an extension to a home entertainment center capable of playing music as well as running Siri. They can play music, spit out trivia, manage shopping lists and put things on your calendar. It will provide 360-degree sound promising a solid range with deep lows, and spatial awareness to sense its location in a room that allows it to adjust accordingly to such.

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To recall the specifications of the HomePod as revealed by Apple, the device will be cylindrical in shape and will have a range of speakers and sub-woofers and microphones.

"Just like iPod reinvented music in our pockets, HomePod is going to reinvent music in our homes", Apple marketing head Phil Schiller said at the time. Although developers can make apps for Siri and HomePod, they're now limited to building things like lists, notes, and messaging. But voice control is created to work only with Apple Music, the company's $10 a month subscription service.

It's unclear why the product has been delayed, but it will miss the holiday rush. But now it seems that Apple wants to make a product solid enough before users pay $349 for it.

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