Apple delays release of HomePod speaker until early 2018

Muriel Hammond
November 18, 2017

Apple has pushed back the release of its smart speaker, the Home Pod - now saying the device isn't expected until next year.

Apple introduced the voice-controlled HomePod in June.

The delay announced Friday means Apple's HomePod speaker won't be available in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia until early next year.

"When HomePod comes out, you'll probably hear some great content from artists that are familiar and popular, and there's probably going to be some other special aspects as well", he said.

The Homepod is a cylindrical smart speaker that features seven-speaker arrayu of tweeters, a four-inch subwoofer, and a six-microphone array.

It's not clear exactly what issues led to Apple's decision. You better come up with another gift, because HomePod won't be released in time.

Apple first announced HomePod at its worldwide developer conference in June, and at the time said that it would ship it by December in the US, UK and Australia, with plans to bring it to additional markets next year. Where Apple does fall short is providing a smart experience with Siri. HomePod will be a while before we see it on sale and available to the public. Perhaps the company wants to wait out Google's Home Max, but most likely, it simply needs to make some refinements to the sound quality and/or voice control.

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