Apple's HomePod smart speaker won't launch in time for the holidays

Apple's HomePod smart speaker won't launch in time for the holidays

Apple's HomePod smart speaker won't launch in time for the holidays

For now, it seems, the HomePod can't live up to all its promises. The much awaited smart speaker was originally set to be released in United States by December 2017, but will now be available in U.S., U.K. and Australia by early 2018.

Bob O'Donnell, founder of Technalysis Research, said, "Apple has forecast between $84 billion and $87 billion in revenue for the holiday - mostly driven by sales of its $999 iPhone X - so it's unlikely that missing a few weeks of sales of its $349 speaker will affect its financial results".

The HomePod was among the devices showcased by Apple execs earlier this summer at the tech giant's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose.

"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", Apple said in an emailed statement. The company has long-term plans for the HomePod, after all. However, now they are pushing back the release of their HomePod speaker due to unspecific reasons.

The smart speaker industry has become more competitive this year and launching a first smart speaker at the end of 2017 was already a but late from Apple.

The downside is that during all this time, there are many technological companies that have shown their novelties in the segment of smart loudspeakers.

Sales for the different models of the Amazon Echo and Google Home will continue to increase over the holiday season, which means that the Apple HomePod will have to catch up and close an even bigger gap once it launches. Also, the Echo Plus, which will enable the control of connected devices in our home.

Christened the Apple HomePod, the squat but stylish device will take on not only early leaders Google and Amazon in the voice-controlled speaker market but Sonos for high-quality multi-room audio.

The Apple Homepod will be available in two colors: black and white. "It looks like their new target launch date for US, UK and Australia will be early 2018". Previously, we saw some leaked images of the "smart speaker" from Apple.

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