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Apple Pushes The Launch Of HomePod Smart Speaker To Early 2018

Apple Pushes The Launch Of HomePod Smart Speaker To Early 2018

That will have to wait until "early" next year, though the company did not give a specific date for the eventual release.

Once it eventually launches, the Apple HomePod will be available for £349 - more than twice the price of Google Home and the Amazon Echo combined at the time of writing.

- If you were hoping to buy a HomePod for your honey this holiday season, you'll have to come up with plan b.

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The downside is that during all this time, there are many technological companies that have shown their novelties in the segment of smart loudspeakers.

The Apple HomePod has been delayed to early 2018, giving rivals Amazon and Google a huge advantage in the smart speaker race.

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SiriKit for HomePod is a great bet and hence Apple does not want to leave loose ends while trying to offer the best possible experience.

The speaker, which will house Apple's voice-controlled virtual assistant Siri and be used to stream music, had been scheduled to launch in December in the UK. The rival smart speakers play music from Spotify, even though Google and Amazon have their own music streaming services.

"HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a lovely speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion-free music and be a helpful assistant around your home". The big question in everyone's mind is how good would be the SIRI personal assistant on the HomePod and if it will match up with the dynamic properties of Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant.

The Apple Homepod will be available in two colors: black and white.

To recall the specifications of the HomePod as revealed by Apple, the device will be cylindrical in shape and will have a range of speakers and sub-woofers and microphones. Luckily for Apple, its new iPhone X and iPhone 8 seem to be selling well enough.


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