Are you looking to purchase Apple HomePod during this holiday season? Well, you’ll have to wait for some more time! According to latest reports, Apple HomePod release delayed until next year. The company has released a statement saying the production process needs ‘a little more time’ to bake.
The HomePod smart speaker was formerly announced during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. The device is priced at $349 and will vie with other smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and similar products from Sonos.
Apple HomePod release was scheduled for December ahead of the holiday shopping season. But now, the company has extended the launch date of its smart speaker. Apple doesn’t provide any particular reason for the delayed HomePod. An Apple spokesperson said,
“We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK, and Australia in early 2018.”
For sure, it’s always good to spend a little extra time getting things right instead of pausing things into production – a lesson various tech companies have learned recently. However, this delay has got to be a disappointment for a product Apple was relying on for the holidays. HomePod is the first smart device to feature Siri baked in.
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If rumors are to be believed, Apple HomePod release has delayed until 2018, meaning that the device will ship in January. The smart speaker is expected to feature 360-degree sound and full, room-filling audio.
Although the initial announcement of Apple HomePod release had made by the tech major, other companies have already introduced the similar offerings. Amazon has started shipping a new version of the typical Echo. The company has enhanced the earlier product’s audio with Dolby sound, together with a 2.5-inch subwoofer and 0.6-inch tweeter. Meanwhile, Google has also announced an even more direct rival, i.e. the Home Max, a $399 smart speaker that seems to make debut in the next month. In addition to this, there’re also various third-party offerings from the Sony and JBL.
Though the company hasn’t specified whether hardware or software is the root of the delayed Apple HomePod release, it’s not entirely a surprise that it’s a first-gen product for Apple. Given that HomePod is a device that will set the stage for Siri’s life outside of phones or desktops, so it’s important to get things right for the first time.
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