Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018

18 November, 2017, 01:42 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Apple's HomePod delayed until next year

Apple is expected to sell the HomePod for $349, a considerable premium above Amazon's Echo, now on its second generation, which sells for $99.99 on Amazon, and the Amazon Show, which includes a display screen, which sets customers back $229.

"We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018".

Apple first showed off HomePod at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in June and said the device would ship before the end of the year for US$349.

Apple fans waiting to get their hands on the company's latest foray into home smart assistants will have to wait a bit longer.

Apple's HomePod delayed until next year
Apple HomePod delayed until next year because developers need “more time” to work on it

Apple was originally planning to release the HomePod in December, but has now delayed it until 2018. Apple hopes to find more success this time around.

In a statement, Apple suggested production issues are to blame.

Now Apple will also miss out on selling HomePod during the holiday shopping season, the most lucrative time of year for electronics makers.

Next month, Google's Home Max speaker that likewise focuses on audio quality, and the Amazon Echo Spot, a mini speaker with a screen, go on sale. 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. But voice control is created to work only with Apple Music, the company's $10 a month subscription service. Competitors in the smart speaker space, meanwhile, are flooding the zone.


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