Apple originally intended on launching its first smart speaker, the HomePod, before the end of 2017.
Apple’s first smart speaker was originally meant to arrive in the holiday shopping season, but it looks like that will not be happening. According to a report from CNBC, Apple has officially delayed the HomePod smart speaker into 2018. According to Apple, there just needs to be a bit more time before the smart speaker is ready for the public.
When it is, which won’t be until sometime in 2018, it will launch in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in Australia. The company does at least say that it will arrive in “early 2018,” but doesn’t quite give us a date to circle on the calendar just yet.
“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. “We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”
The HomePod was designed to offer a superior audio experience, with the hardware capable of adjusting the sound output based on the room it is positioned in. It also has Siri, Apple’s digital personal assistant, built in, so future owners will be able to quickly ask the smart speaker for information, or play music.
As it stands right now, Apple had been pretty quiet about HomePod ever since its debut, essentially dropping off the map entirely. The sudden revelation that it has been delayed doesn’t seem all that surprising, though.
Are you planning on buying a HomePod whenever it becomes available?