Apple delays launch of HomePod until 'early 2018'

Isaac Cain
November 18, 2017

Apple is working to keep its Siri voice assistant relevant in the face of competition from Amazon's Alexa and Alphabet Inc's Google Assistant, both of which are featured on smart speakers from those companies.

Powered by Apple's Siri digital assistant, HomePod is priced starting at US$349, at the high end of the market, and is designed with high-quality audio to pair with the Apple Music subscription service. Competitors in the smart speaker space, meanwhile, are flooding the zone.

Apple now says it needs more time to ideal the speaker's technology.

Apple has delayed the launch of its HomePod smart speaker until early 2018, the technology giant has said. Amazon added three smart speaker products for its holiday lineup - the second-generation Echo, the Echo Plus and the Echo Spot - two of which are already on the market. Apple has indefinitely delayed the release of HomePod until 2018.

Phil Schiller of Apple with the HomePod Apple's new $349 speaker that will use its Siri smart assistant
Phil Schiller of Apple with the HomePod Apple's new $349 speaker that will use its Siri smart assistant

Will you wait for HomePod to arrive? Now that mid November has rolled around and there isn't a HomePod in sight Apple is saying its release time table was a little off.

However, in a statement, the tech firm said it needed more time to get the device ready. HomePod will work with Apple's HomeKit platform to control smart-home devices.

Apple announced its own music system to rival Google Home, Amazon Echo and Sonos back in June, in the form of the HomePod speaker.

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