Nov 17, 2017

Apple delays launch of smart speaker

Apple is delaying the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. In a statement sent to news organisations, Apple said the wireless speaker needed "a little more time before it's ready for our customers". The delay will mean Apple misses the lucrative holiday season during which many consumers buy gadgets as gifts. Since Apple unveiled the HomePod both Google and Amazon have added new models to their ranges of smart speakers, intensifying the competition with Apple. Writing in Engadget, associate editor Jon Fingle said the delay was "Not surprising" given that the HomePod was Apple's first try at a smart speaker.

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