Apple delays HomePod release till early 2018

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If you’re in for holiday shopping at Apple this year you won’t be coming home with Apple HomePod speakers. As of today morning, the company released a statement blaming the production process for the delay.

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.

Announced back in WWDC, HomePod is Apple first crack at a smart speaker to rival Amazon Echo and Google Home. With a seven-tweeter array and a high-excursion woofer, it was the first product of its kind to put a premium on sound.

The speakers were originally set to go on sale in December for $349. Apple HomePod is in direct competition with Google Home, Harman Kardon Invoke, and Amazon Echo. Apple hasn’t really cleared out the exact reason for the delay but there might be something serious as the company can’t risk missing holiday deadlines.

Although this might not be the end of the world as we do have other options available including Invoke by Harman Kardon. You can check out our review of Harman Kardon Invoke here.

Do let us know which smart speaker are you planning on picking this holiday season.

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