Apple delays the HomePod speaker until 2018

Posted November 18, 2017

Today, it conceded it will "need a little more time" before HomePod is ready for public consumption.

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The spokesperson told The Verge the device will ship to the US, United Kingdom, and Australia in early 2018. Amazon created Alexa for the Echo, and the virtual assistant has gone on to be the big breakout tech star of 2017. It's also possible-and I think more likely-Apple is having a tough time overcoming design issues. Apple said it can detect where its located in a room and adjust its sound accordingly. The speaker was originally due in December. Amazon added three smart speaker products for its holiday lineup - the second-generation Echo, the Echo Plus and the Echo Spot - two of which are already on the market. With a device like a smart speaker, which packages not only music but voice control and home automation into a single device, there's no shortage of places where hold-ups could be introduced. But voice control is created to work only with Apple Music, the company's $10 a month subscription service. By the end of the year, Google says it is expected to release a higher-end version of the Home speaker, the Google Home Max, which at $399 would be the most expensive of the connected speakers.

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The Homepod is a cylindrical smart speaker that features seven-speaker arrayu of tweeters, a four-inch subwoofer, and a six-microphone array.

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