Apple's HomePod speaker delayed until next year

Alan Olson
November 18, 2017

If you've been holding out to get Apple's HomePod as a holiday present, we've got some bad news for you: the company has delayed the speaker until next year.

The Siri-backed smart speaker, which Apple unveiled in June, was supposed to make its in December, but as we learned today, that will not be happening.

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

The HomePod was revealed at Apple's developer conference, WWDC 2017, back in June. 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.

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The spokesperson told The Verge the device will ship to the US, United Kingdom, and Australia in early 2018. HomePod will work with Apple's HomeKit platform to control smart-home devices.

It is rare but not unprecedented for Apple to delay a product launch. 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.

Priced at $349 and launching in space gray and white, the 7-inch-tall HomePod features an Apple A8 chip, seven-tweeter array, and a 4-inch designed Apple woofer. Siri hasn't been able to keep up with other assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant.

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