Apple Pushes The Launch Of HomePod Smart Speaker To Early 2018

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Instead, according to the company's statement, HomePod will begin to be available by early 2018 in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

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.

Apple's new smart speaker will not arrive in time for the holidays as scheduled. 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.

Apple has not given a direct reason to delays, but it seems fairly obvious that the company would've liked to release it to the public before Christmas. It is also unclear whether this is affecting the start of sales in other countries.

HomePod is created to work with an Apple Music subscription and iPhone 5s and above running iOS 11.

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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.

The downside is that during all this time, there are many technological companies that have shown their novelties in the segment of smart loudspeakers.

Created to be a "premium" (read: expensive) take on the likes of Amazon's Echo and Google Home personal assistants, the $350 HomePod put its emphasis on high-quality audio. The speaker, which can make music suggestions and adjust home temperatures, takes aim at Amazon.com Inc's Alexa feature and Echo devices.

The Apple Homepod will be available in two colors: black and white. It makes sense as it's Apple's first foray into the growing market of smart speakers.

HomePod is priced at $349. Along with the bad publicity that comes from having to delay a product announced months ago, Apple also faces the sting of losing out on HomePod sales for what is its busiest time of the year.

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