Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Apple delays the HomePod speaker until 2018

Apple delays the HomePod speaker until 2018

"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.

If you were planning on purchasing the Apple HomePod next month, you are going to have to wait. Apple HomePod will be its first big new hardware product since the Apple Watch.

The indirect effects will have a stronger negative impact, he said.

This time around, Apple will miss out on the bounty of festive sales, potentially ceding them to Amazon, Google, Sonos and other manufacturers of smart speakers. Apple has indefinitely delayed the release of HomePod until 2018. "The market's getting more and more competitive". It connects to Apple Music wirelessly through Wi-Fi and to other Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, through AirPlay 2.

Alongside the growing popularity of the smart home movement is an increased interest in smart speakers: not only are they a great way to fill the house with music, they also serve as gateways to voice-activated information as well as smart home functionality.

Earlier this year, Amazon announced the Echo Plus, a smart speaker with better audio quality, and Google confirmed to Reuters that its Home Max speaker with improved speakers will ship in December, though it has not given a specific date.

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