"We can't wait for people to experience HomePod ... but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers".
"Apple reinvented portable music with iPod, and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", claimed Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said earlier this year. The HomePod was created to compete with their counterparts like Sonos, Google Home, and Amazon Echo.
The launch of the eagerly anticipated Apple HomePod has been delayed until next year. "We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018", an Apple spokeswoman said.
The HomePod - which streams tunes from Apple Music, takes voice commands via Siri, and controls smart home appliances - was originally announced in June at the company's annual developer conference and will now go on sale in early 2018. Apple billed the speaker as not only an AI assistant, but also an extension to a home entertainment center capable of playing music as well as running Siri.
In addition, there are many new smart speaker options that have been added over the last few months by various technology companies, usually integrating Google assistants, Amazon, or even Windows, with some speakers that they allow to choose between several incorporated assistants.
The downside is that during all this time, there are many technological companies that have shown their novelties in the segment of smart loudspeakers. Although developers can make apps for Siri and HomePod, they're now limited to building things like lists, notes, and messaging.
The Apple Homepod will be available in two colors: black and white. Too many companies have rushed the development of their devices only to release the products with various issues and bugs, including the Google Home Mini that came with an alarming privacy concern as it recorded everything it heard. Luckily for Apple, its new iPhone X and iPhone 8 seem to be selling well enough.