HomePod Launch Delayed Until 'Early 2018', Says Apple

HomePod Launch Delayed Until 'Early 2018', Says Apple

Apple has told CNBC it has delayed its HomePod smart speaker until "early 2018" as it's not quite ready yet. According to a brief statement issued by the company, the production process needs "a little more time" to bake. "We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018", it said. Journalists at the event got a hands-on opportunity with the speaker, with release set at the time for December. Both the Amazon Echo and the Google Home allow developers to directly access voice services from their devices, and both also integrate with a long list of music services, with the notable exception of Apple Music.

HomePod was revealed back in June 2017, a streaming speaker that physically embodied Siri, and which promised both smart home control and better music playback than other such products on the market. It wasn't a full hands-on opportunity, but the HomePod definitely sounds great as advertised, featuring 360-degree sound, and full, room-filling audio.

The Apple HomePod is created to take on the Amazon Echo in smart functionality but also systems like Sonos in audio quality.

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