Apple won't launch its HomePod smart speaker in time for the holidays

Nov 18, 2017, 00:46
Apple won't launch its HomePod smart speaker in time for the holidays

"We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018". "Early" could mean "by the end of spring", or even "the first half of the year".

According to a statement given to TechCrunch by an Apple representative, the company is delaying the release of its HomePod speaker systems until next year.

The Apple HomePod is created to take on the Amazon Echo in smart functionality but also systems like Sonos in audio quality. And at the time claimed that it would be released in the U.S. and United Kingdom this December. And if you put two HomePods in the same room, both will be aware of the other's presence and will combine forces to improve the capability of the two devices. The HomePod looks like an oversized toilet paper roll covered in mesh fabric. The company gave scant details about its speaker in June, leaving it room to announce exclusive music content or other unexpected features, said Brian Blau, an analyst with Gartner. Although developers can make apps for Siri and HomePod, they're now limited to building things like lists, notes, and messaging.

HomePod is created to work with an Apple Music subscription and iPhone 5s and above running iOS 11.

The speaker is controlled by Apple's A8 processor, which the company claims is "the biggest brain inside of a speaker".

OK, Google, and hey, Alexa. It's unclear why the product has been delayed, but it will miss the holiday rush.