Apple's HomePod speaker to miss holiday season

Yolanda Curtis
November 18, 2017

Are you excited about Apple HomePod?

Apple said Friday that it's pushing back its plans for a Siri-powered smart speaker until sometime early next year.

Bad news for those who were looking forward to the Christmas holidays to buy their HomePod units. The much awaited smart speaker was originally set to be released in United States by December 2017, but will now be available in U.S., U.K. and Australia by early 2018.

Apple had announced earlier that its HomePod wireless speaker will be sold at $349and would be available by December this year. Apple has officially confirmed this in a statement and have said the HomePod is still work in progress and they need more time to finish and reach the device to their customers' homes. "We will begin shipping to the US, UK and Australia in early 2018". 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. That could be one of the reasons for the delay; that Apple wants to be absolutely sure it is sending out the best in class design. With Apple's delay, "there will now be some people who make a different choice".

Apple first gave us a glimpse at the HomePod back in June, but almost six months later the company says that more work is still needed. With HomePod, Siri would stop being only on iOS devices and Mac OS computers and would be much more present in people's lives through other devices.

In addition, there are many new smart speaker options that have been added over the last few months by various technology companies, usually integrating Google assistants, Amazon, or even Windows, with some speakers that they allow to choose between several incorporated assistants. The price of HomePod is $349.

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

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