Apple delays HomePod release until 2018

Apple delays HomePod release until 2018

Apple delays HomePod release until 2018

For now, it seems, the HomePod can't live up to all its promises.

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. Apple is pushing HomePod's release to 2018.

However, in a statement, the tech firm said it needed more time to get the device ready. 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.

"We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers", the Apple spokesperson burbled.

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The HomePod is Apple's first attempt at the Amazon and Google-dominated smart speaker market. The first quarter of 2018 may see the speakers being shipped to the USA, the United Kingdom and the Australian markets. (Amazon Chief Executive Jeffrey Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post.) But Apple promised that the speaker would have all of Siri's smarts and stand out from the pack by offering superior sound quality. Amazon's Echo lineup and Alphabet Inc's Google Home speakers have been dominating the market and with a price tag of USA $349, the HomePod already have a stiff competition from its own price tag.

"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".

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.

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