Apple Delays HomePod Speaker to "Early 2018" for US, UK and Australia

18 November, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Sam Montgomery
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The delay announced Friday means Apple's HomePod speaker won't be available in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia until early next year. Apple is pushing HomePod's release to 2018.

Apple's offering promises higher-end sound than the Google Home and Amazon Echo produces, albeit at a much larger $349 price tag.

This time around, Apple will miss out on the bounty of festive sales, potentially ceding them to Amazon, Google, Sonos and other manufacturers of smart speakers.

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The smart assistant is being held out of the holiday shopping season as Apple needs, "a little more time before it's ready for our customers", an Apple spokesperson told the website.

Apple first debuted the HomePod in June at its annual WWDC developer conference. And if you put two HomePods in the same room, both will be aware of the other's presence and will combine forces to improve the capability of the two devices. It's also possible-and I think more likely-Apple is having a tough time overcoming design issues. Amazon's Echo line starts at $50. Where Apple does fall short is providing a smart experience with Siri. HomePod promises to automatically configure itself according to the room it's in, too, using a microphone to adjust its equalizer settings and DSP depending on whether it's on a bookshelf, a table in the middle of a room, or competing with a second HomePod. HomePod will work with Apple's HomeKit platform to control smart-home devices.

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