Apple pushes launch of HomePod smart speaker to early 2018

Apple Delays Release of HomePod Smart Speaker: 'We Need a Little More Time'

However, from the time the HomePod was unveiled, Apple's smart speaker rivals have also released new models of their own. The cost of the speakers was set to $349.

"We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers", Apple said in a statement.

Christened the Apple HomePod, the squat but stylish device will take on not only early leaders Google and Amazon in the voice-controlled speaker market but Sonos for high-quality multi-room audio.

Another big responsibilty on the shoulders of the HomePod is Apple Music.

The downside is that during all this time, there are many technological companies that have shown their novelties in the segment of smart loudspeakers.

The high-end sound system is priced at Dollars 349 and will take on other products from rival companies such as Sonos, as well as smart assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

People use voice assistants more often on smart speakers than on phones, so even if owners of Amazon or Google speakers also have an iPhone, there's a good chance that they're talking to Alexa or Google Assistant as much or more than Siri. The first quarter of 2018 may see the speakers being shipped to the U.S., the United Kingdom and the Australian markets. Apple seemed to focus more on music, whereas the focus on smart features was secondary.

And at that the time, Apple had said it was planning to ship HomePod to the US, UK and Australia by December this year.

It's unclear why the product has been delayed, but it will miss the holiday rush.

Apple is pushing back its plans for a Siri-powered smart speaker until sometime early next year.

A year ago, Google and Amazon, who were leading in voice activated speakers, had 5 million devices in US homes.

Google Home had sold seven million devices, grabbing a 27% market share. It's not clear whether this is an issue with software, hardware, or production, but a delay is a delay. It has to do with Apple delaying quite a few products which is not something unusual for them.

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