Apple HomePod Delayed To 2018

Apple's HomePod delayed until next year

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The Apple HomePod is designed to be a premium version of the smart speaker device first created by Amazon with the Amazon Echo. According to a brief statement issued by the company, the production process needs "a little more time" to bake.

HomePod will be available for $349 (US) in white and space gray somewhen in early 2018.

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Apple announced it's delaying the launch of its HomePod until "early 2018", CNBC reported Friday.

The Amazon Echo and Google Home rival was due to be released in December, but Apple had since gone quiet about the release, failing to mention its new speaker during the launch of its highly-anticipated iPhone X in September. The $350 speaker is the first home device to feature Siri baked in, a high-end competitor to Echo and Assistant offerings from Amazon and Google. With the price tag set at $349 per speaker, that would have been quite the holiday season windfall.

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Apple unveiled the HomePod at the WWDC 2017 in June.

The Apple HomePod is created to take on the Amazon Echo in smart functionality but also systems like Sonos in audio quality.

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The company didn't give a reason for the delay, other than the product needing "a little more time before it's ready for our customers".

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