Apple's HomePod is delayed until early next year

Posted November 18, 2017

A prototype Apple HomePod is seen during the annual Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, U.S. June 5, 2017. We'll start shipping in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia in early 2018.

Priced at $349 and launching in space gray and white, the 7-inch-tall HomePod features an Apple A8 chip, seven-tweeter array, and a 4-inch designed Apple woofer. Amazon's Echo line starts at $50. For Apple, this may not be a big deal as their products tend to sell well no matter when they are released but it does make you wonder what the issue is with the device.

The indirect effects will have a stronger negative impact, he said. Missing the holidays could be a major setback for the smart speaker, which will compete with Amazon's Echo series, Google's Home series, and other several other smart speakers on the market.

People use voice assistants more often on smart speakers than on phones, so even if owners of Amazon or Google speakers also have an iPhone, there's a good chance that they're talking to Alexa or Google Assistant as much or more than Siri. "The market's getting more and more competitive". But voice control is created to work only with Apple Music, the company's $10 a month subscription service.

Did you want to wow someone special in your life with a new Apple HomePod speaker for the holidays? With a device like a smart speaker, which packages not only music but voice control and home automation into a single device, there's no shortage of places where hold-ups could be introduced.

A United Kingdom price for the device is still to be confirmed, but it will be priced at $349 in the USA - significantly higher than both the Echo and Google Home.

But Apple could still have a surprise or two in store.