Apple HomePod Release Delayed Until 2018

Posted November 18, 2017

If you were planning on purchasing the Apple HomePod next month, you are going to have to wait. Amazon's Echo line starts at $50. Now that mid November has rolled around and there isn't a HomePod in sight Apple is saying its release time table was a little off.

The delay is the second time in as many years Apple has been forced to delay a major audio product launch. "We'll start shipping in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia in early 2018", an Apple spokeswoman said via email.

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“We cant wait for people to experience HomePod, Apples breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before its ready for our customers, ” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said. Smart speakers use "always listening" microphones to detect commands, then talk back with a smart assistant, such as Siri or Alexa.

Smart speakers will be a key focus for the holiday shopping season given the influx of devices coming from other players like Google, Amazon.com, and Sonos. With a device like a smart speaker, which packages not only music but voice control and home automation into a single device, there's no shortage of places where hold-ups could be introduced.

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Apple is also counting on HomePod to boost subscriptions to Apple Music and block the rise of rival Spotify.

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A United Kingdom price for the device is still to be confirmed, but it will be priced at $349 in the U.S. - significantly higher than both the Echo and Google Home. It comes with built-in smart assistant like you find on Google Home and Amazon Echo.