The HomePod was first announced in June and is seen as Apple's answer to the popular smart speakers already on the market, most notably the Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Apple's AI-based home speaker project, HomePod appears to be stuck with some delays and the product may be launched only next year. Although Siri was early to the voice assistant party, the company is late to the smart speaker trend. From Amazon's new Echo lineup to Google Home and Google Home Mini, there's no shortage of more affordable smart speakers on the market, many of which will be discounted for Black Friday.
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"We cannot wait for people to start using HomePod, which is a breakthrough of Apple's wireless loudspeakers for home, but we need a little more time before it is ready for our customers".More news: Trump calls for renewal of United Nations inquiry into Syrian chemical weapons
"We'll start shipping in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia in early 2018". (Amazon Chief Executive Jeffrey Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post.) But Apple promised that the speaker would have all of Siri's smarts and stand out from the pack by offering superior sound quality.
The HomePod looks like an oversized toilet paper roll covered in mesh fabric. Instead, according to the company's statement, HomePod will begin to be available by early 2018 in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
But unlike other companies, Apple is hesitant to open up its speaker to third-party developers. The HomePod however, will not have this option and will drive more people to subscribe to Apple Music and the rise of rival Spotify.
It's unclear why the product has been delayed, but it will miss the holiday rush.