Apple delays the HomePod speaker until 2018

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In a statement released today, Apple says that while it can't wait for people to use the smart speaker, "we need a little more time until its ready for customers".

It's unclear what has caused the delay, however it's likely that the hold-up has been caused within production.

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

Apple announced the device at its developer conference in June. Apple confirmed on Friday its expensive Siri-powered smart speaker has been delayed.

Apple's HomePod delayed until next year
Apple Delays HomePod

While Amazon and Google have released no specific sales figures, a survey by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners showed Amazon Echo having an installed base of 20 million units in the United States, or 73 percent of the market, at the end of the third quarter.

Will you wait for HomePod to arrive? The HomePod looks like an oversized toilet paper roll covered in mesh fabric. Although developers can make apps for Siri and HomePod, they're now limited to building things like lists, notes, and messaging. You can stream other services to it from a smartphone, but not with Siri.

Apple's main pitch for its HomePod smart speakers was superior audio quality, but that advantage appears to be slipping: Sonos, which also pitches its speakers' audio quality for music lovers, now features support for the Alexa voice assistant. It's unclear why the product has been delayed, but it will miss the holiday rush.

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