Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Apple's HomePod speaker to miss holiday season

Apple's HomePod speaker to miss holiday season

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.

The HomePod was among the devices showcased by Apple execs earlier this summer at the tech giant's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose.

In June, some analysts questioned whether a December launch was already too late for Apple to compete with Amazon and Google for the connected home market.

Bad news for those who were looking forward to the Christmas holidays to buy their HomePod units.

Earlier this year, Amazon announced the Echo Plus, a smart speaker with better audio quality, and Google confirmed to Reuters that its Home Max speaker with improved speakers will ship in December, though it has not given a specific date. Instead, according to the company's statement, HomePod will begin to be available by early 2018 in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

We need a little more time before it's ready for our customers. "We will begin shipping to the US, UK and Australia in early 2018". Apple has not given reasons for the delay of this first generation of its smart speaker. From Amazon's new Echo lineup to Google Home and Google Home Mini, there's no shortage of more affordable smart speakers on the market, many of which will be discounted for Black Friday.

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. The HomePod however, will not have this option and will drive more people to subscribe to Apple Music and the rise of rival Spotify.

People use voice assistants more often on smart speakers than on phones, so even if owners of Amazon or Google speakers also have an iPhone, there's a good chance that they're talking to Alexa or Google Assistant as much or more than Siri.

HomePod is priced at $349.

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