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HomePod Release Date Delayed: Apple Speaker Will Launch Next Year

HomePod Release Date Delayed: Apple Speaker Will Launch Next Year

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

If you had the Apple HomePod on your letter to Santa this year, you're going to need to get a replacement up the chimney pronto. At that time, Apple said the smart speaker would go on sale by the end of 2017 for $349.

But Apple is late to a marketplace dominated by Amazon and Google, with a handful of other players entering the race.

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We don't have specific reasons as to why Apple chose to put back the release of the HomePod, but this likely wasn't a light decision for Apple seeing as holiday shopping season is right around the corner.

The HomePod, which streams tunes from Apple Music, takes voice commands via Siri, and controls smart home appliances, was originally announced in June at the companys annual developer conference. Amazon's Echo line starts at $50. "We'll start shipping in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia in early 2018", an Apple spokeswoman said via email. Apple said it can detect where its located in a room and adjust its sound accordingly. The HomePod also will include Apple's voice-activated assistant Siri to respond to requests like the Echo and Google Home. 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.


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