Apple delays launch of HomePod until 'early 2018'

Audrey Hill
November 18, 2017

Apple now says it needs more time to flawless the speaker's technology.

If you were planning on purchasing the Apple HomePod next month, you are going to have to wait.

Apple has told CNBC it has delayed its HomePod smart speaker until "early 2018" as it's not quite ready yet.

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If you've been saving up your pennies to buy a HomePod before the end of the year put on your patience trousers because that's not happening.

The Siri-backed smart speaker, which Apple unveiled in June, was supposed to make its in December, but as we learned today, that will not be happening. The Apple HomePod is designed to be a premium version of the smart speaker device first created by Amazon with the Amazon Echo. Apples accessory business, part of its Other Products segment, is minuscule compared to the iPhone and Services businesses, so the delay is unlikely to materially affect Apples earnings. Where Apple does fall short is providing a smart experience with Siri. Apple said it can detect where its located in a room and adjust its sound accordingly.

Apple is also counting on HomePod to boost subscriptions to Apple Music and block the rise of rival Spotify. HomePod will work with Apple's HomeKit platform to control smart-home devices. Amazon created Alexa for the Echo, and the virtual assistant has gone on to be the big breakout tech star of 2017.

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