Apple said Friday that it’s pushing back its plans for a Siri-powered good speaker till someday early next year. The HomePod speaker was proclaim in June, with an initial launch date set for December. Apple aforementioned that its good speaker are able to management home appliances and take basic orders.
In June, some analysts questioned whether or not a December launch was already too late for Apple to vie with Amazon and Google for the connected home market. However Apple secure that the speaker would have all of Siri’s smarts and stand out from the pack by providing superior sound quality. For now, it seems, the HomePod cannot live up to all or any its guarantees.
“We cannot await folks to expertise HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the house, however we’d like alittle longer before it’s prepare for our customers. We’ll begin shipping within the U.S., Great Britain and Australia in early 2018,” Apple aforementioned during a statement Friday.
With the delay, Apple can miss the prospect to hook customers with the speaker throughout the crucial season. Competitors within the good speaker area, meanwhile, area unit flooding the zone. Amazon supplementary 3 good speaker merchandise for its vacation lineup — the second-generation Echo, the Echo and and also the Echo Spot — 2 of that area unit already on the market. Google has conjointly updated its speaker line with the compact Google Home mini and is about to launch its own premium speaker product, the Google Home Georgia home boy, in December.
It is rare however not new for Apple to delay a product launch. Last year, it delay the launch of its AirPods wireless headphones, voice communication that the merchandise, too, wasn’t quite prepare for primetime.