Apple says the HomePod is delayed until 2018

Apple says the HomePod is delayed until 2018

Apple says the HomePod is delayed until 2018

Apple has confirmed its HomePod device will be delayed until 2018.

The HomePod speaker is Apple's response to the already available selection of voice assistant devices, such as Amazon's Echo's and other speakers that support Alexa, Harman Kardon's Invoke speaker with Microsoft's Cortana built-in, and Google's Home speakers.

A statement was given to TechCrunch, which said that Apple needs more time to finalise the product before it's ready for release to consumers.

Apple announced the HomePod at its WWDC 2017 conference in June this year, when shipping plans for December were revealed. The first quarter of 2018 may see the speakers being shipped to the U.S., the United Kingdom and the Australian markets.

Apparently, the Apple team sat down with the marketing and design people and came up with the name and shape of the "HomePod".

Others still suggest this delay will be of great assistance to Google and Amazon with their respective smart speaker systems, and even companies such as Sonos who are integrating the Google Assistant into its systems, too.

The HomePod relies on Siri as its virtual assistant and it will be capable of streaming music, reporting news, sports and weather information.

AI Assistants are more used in smart speakers than phones. The mammoth speaker will feature a seven-speaker array of tweeters, a four-inch subwoofer, and a six-microphone array.

Apple's answer to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home speakers is its HomePod, a Siri-enabled speaker with vastly better and more sophisticated internals than either Amazon or Google have been able to muster in their respective intelligent speakers. The speaker's far-field voice recognition lets you talk to Siri to control smart home products, check the news or listen to music.

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