Apple's HomePod delay is the right decision

Tim Cook Apple's chief executive gives a sneak peek of HomePod a speaker to rival Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Mc Enery Convention Center in San Jose Calif
Apple's HomePod delayed until next year
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18 November, 2017

The spokesperson told The Verge the device will ship to the US, United Kingdom, and Australia in early 2018.

If you had the Apple HomePod on your letter to Santa this year, you're going to need to get a replacement up the chimney pronto.

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According to a statement given to TechCrunch by an Apple representative, the company is delaying the release of its HomePod speaker systems until next year.

The delay means Apple will miss the key holiday shopping season in the fast-growing segment of connected speakers. But the Cupertino, CA-based Apple says the device needs a little more tinkering. Apple's HomePod is aware of how big the room is where it is being placed, and adjusts the sound accordingly for the best experience. 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. At that time, Apple said the smart speaker would go on sale by the end of 2017 for $349. It stands 7 inches tall and features six microphones, which will listen for your command to Siri. If HomePod isn't shipping by March we may be waiting until late June before it shows up on store shelves. Missing the holidays could be a major setback for the smart speaker, which will compete with Amazon's Echo series, Google's Home series, and other several other smart speakers on the market.


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