HomePod Release Date Delayed: Apple Speaker Will Launch Next Year

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Both systems enable users to issue voice commands to the speaker for music control, as well as control other connected smart home appliances around the house.

In a statement released on Friday, Apple didn't offer specific reasons for the delay, simply claiming it "needed a little more time" to flawless it.

Powered by Apple's Siri digital assistant, HomePod is priced starting at US$349, at the high end of the market, and is designed with high-quality audio to pair with the Apple Music subscription service. And at the time claimed that it would be released in the U.S. and United Kingdom this December. In a statement released today, Apple says that while it can't wait for people to use the smart speaker, "we need a little more time until its ready for customers". Apple has indefinitely delayed the release of HomePod until 2018.

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It can also, like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, set reminders, timers and find out news, traffic and sports reports. Instead of being available in December, it will ship early next year, the company told CNN Tech.

The Homepod is a cylindrical smart speaker that features seven-speaker arrayu of tweeters, a four-inch subwoofer, and a six-microphone array. Apple announced the device at its developer conference in June.

If you've been saving up your pennies to buy a HomePod before the end of the year put on your patience trousers because that's not happening.

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