Apple delays HomePod release until next early 2018

Apple's HomePod delayed until next year

Today, it conceded it will "need a little more time" before HomePod is ready for public consumption. The smart speaker was due to launch in the US, UK, and Australia in December 2017, having been announced back in June alongside the iMac Pro at WWDC.

Remember Apple's smart speaker it was planning to release called HomePod?

If you were hoping to buy a HomePod for your honey this holiday season, you'll have to come up with plan b. Missing the holidays could be a major setback for the smart speaker, which will compete with Amazon's Echo series, Google's Home series, and other several other smart speakers on the market.

VentureBeat has reached out to Apple for further comment on the cause of the delay. The Apple HomePod is designed to be a premium version of the smart speaker device first created by Amazon with the Amazon Echo. Apple's HomePod is aware of how big the room is where it is being placed, and adjusts the sound accordingly for the best experience. But voice control is created to work only with Apple Music, the company's $10 a month subscription service. The Apple HomePod uses Siri as its virtual assistant, and will stream music, report the latest news, sports scores, weather, flight information and more.

However, in a statement, the tech firm said it needed more time to get the device ready. Siri hasn't been able to keep up with other assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant.

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