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Apple's HomePod speaker delayed until next year

18 November 2017

Apple has told CNBC it has delayed its HomePod smart speaker until "early 2018" as it's not quite ready yet.

Apple 's HomePod speaker won't be shipping in time for the holiday season.

Apple's "early 2018" target leaves plenty of wiggle room.

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The company's late to market smart speaker is meant to be a rival to Amazon's Echo and Google Home. We'll start shipping in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia in early 2018. Competitors in the smart speaker space, meanwhile, are flooding the zone.

The speaker, which will house Apple's voice-controlled virtual assistant Siri and be used to stream music, had been scheduled to launch in December in the UK. Apple introduced the speaker this year and was originally set to ship it next month, but the company said it was still working on the product. The HomePod looks like an oversized toilet paper roll covered in mesh fabric.

That's very different from the way other smart speakers integrate with third-party services. 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. But voice control is created to work only with Apple Music, the company's $10 a month subscription service. Siri hasn't been able to keep up with other assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. Luckily for Apple, its new iPhone X and iPhone 8 seem to be selling well enough.

Apple's HomePod speaker delayed until next year