Apple HomePod's release delayed until 2018

Apple's HomePod delayed until next year

Apple has told CNBC it has delayed its HomePod smart speaker until "early 2018" as it's not quite ready yet.

Priced at $349 and launching in space gray and white, the 7-inch-tall HomePod features an Apple A8 chip, seven-tweeter array, and a 4-inch designed Apple woofer.

Apple now says it needs more time to ideal the speaker's technology. Smart speakers use "always listening" microphones to detect commands, then talk back with a smart assistant, such as Siri or Alexa. HomePod will work with Apple's HomeKit platform to control smart-home devices. It's also possible-and I think more likely-Apple is having a tough time overcoming design issues.

Apple's HomePod delayed until next year

The delay could be related to obtaining the raw materials for the HomePod's components, as John Martellaro suggested on Friday's TMO Daily Observations podcast. However, missing out on holiday gift purchases could mean some people opt for speakers from other companies, locking them more tightly into rival digital ecosystems.

Earlier this year, Amazon announced the Echo Plus, a smart speaker with better audio quality, and Google confirmed to Reuters that its Home Max speaker with improved speakers will ship in December, though it has not given a specific date.

"When HomePod comes out, you'll probably hear some great content from artists that are familiar and popular, and there's probably going to be some other special aspects as well", he said.




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