Apple HomePod delayed until 2018

Apple HomePod

A December HomePod ship date was already a significantly longer gap than most Apple products have between announcement and shipping, and that gap is widening even further.

VentureBeat has reached out to Apple for further comment on the cause of the delay. "We'll start shipping in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia in early 2018", an Apple spokeswoman said via email.

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The HomePod was revealed at Apple's developer conference, WWDC 2017, back in June.

Powered by Apple´s Siri digital assistant, HomePod is priced starting at $349, at the high end of the market, and is designed with high-quality audio to pair with the Apple Music subscription service.

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If you were hoping to buy a HomePod for your honey this holiday season, you'll have to come up with plan b. Where Apple does fall short is providing a smart experience with Siri. The HomePod looks like an oversized toilet paper roll covered in mesh fabric. HomePod will work with Apple's HomeKit platform to control smart-home devices. Apple said it can detect where its located in a room and adjust its sound accordingly.

Apple issued an official statement to TechCrunch and other news outlets today saying that the release of the HomePod would be delayed until 2018. It connects to Apple Music wirelessly through Wi-Fi and to other Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, through AirPlay 2.

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