Apple Slips: Delays 'HomePod,' Amazon Echo Competitor, To 2018

Apple pushes back release of Home Pod speaker to 2018

Apple has delayed the launch of HomePod, its upcoming smart home speaker, to "early 2018". If you were holding out for one of these new devices, you will have to wait a little bit longer. "We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018", an Apple spokeswoman said via email.

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Apple announced the HomePod in June 2017 and initially said the $349 speaker would ship by December. According to a brief statement issued by the company, the production process needs "a little more time" to bake. Siri can also handle advanced searches within the music library, so users can ask questions like "Hey Siri, who's the drummer in this?" or create a shared Up Next queue with everyone in the home. The speaker was seen as a return by Apple to music, which the company dominated in the early 2000s with iTunes and its iPod range.

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