Apple initially showcased the HomePod at WWDC 2017 earlier this year. It is the company’s first smart speaker that comes with its own digital assistant Siri built-in. Apple today announced that they have postponed the release date of HomePod to early 2018 as the company needs a little more time before the product is ready for customers. Apple Homepad was initially supposed to arrive in December this year.
Ever since Apple announced HomePad, its competitors such as Google and Amazon are aiming to expand their exisiting smart speakers lineup. Amazon recently launched its new generation of the Echo lineup with Dolby Audio support. Google, on the other hand, has also launched a premium smart speaker with its focus on sound in the form of Home Max. Meanwhile, brands like Sony and JBL have also joined the smart speaker league.
“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. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018,” said Apple spokesperson.
The reason for this delay could be Apple’s attempt to fine-tuning Siri so that it can handle smart homes better. The case here appears similar to first itetration Apple AirPods wireless earphones, which despite planning to go on sale in October, ended up arriving in the market in December last year.
If you are interested in buying Apple HomePod in the future, you may also want read our previous story about the state of smart speakers, here.