Apple delays release of smart speaker - HomePod

Apple delays release of smart speaker - HomePod

Of course all of this is challenged by Sonos with a number of their speakers now supporting Alexa built-in, as well as Google Assistant in the future (next year) to its latest Sonos One speaker. The second-generation Amazon Echo offers improved sound quality with a lower price tag of $99, while the Google Home Max is a $399 device that is prepared to be a direct challenger to the HomePod.

The Apple Homepod will be available in two colors: black and white. The holiday shopping season would have encouraged and increased their sales helping them gain more profits. But voice control is created to work only with Apple Music, the company's $10 a month subscription service. The Echo products instantantly hit it off with the audience.

Apple HomePod will be its first big new hardware product since the Apple Watch.

Priced at $349, Apple's smart speaker was originally set to be released in December. The mammoth speaker will feature a seven-speaker array of tweeters, a four-inch subwoofer, and a six-microphone array.

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While the speakers may be class apart, Apple may fall short of providing good assistance with Siri. Although developers can make apps for Siri and HomePod, they're now limited to building things like lists, notes, and messaging. This was quite evident during the launch of the HomePod in June, at the WWDC.

"We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers", Apple said in an emailed statement.

"We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018".

Instead of being available in December, it will ship early next year, the company told CNN Tech.

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Every company is aware of the holiday rush and its importance for increasing sales.

Note that the "early 2018" date is a somewhat ambiguous date.

The HomePod will first hit the US, Australian and United Kingdom markets in December and carries a US$349 price tag - although Australian pricing has yet to be revealed, we'd peg the local stick around the $499 mark.

Google Home had sold 7 million devices, grabbing a 27 percent market share.

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