Apple pushes back its HomePod launch until "early" 2018

Apple pushes back its HomePod launch until
If you were planning on purchasing the Apple HomePod next month, you are going to have to wait. In a statement released today, Apple says that while it can't wait for people to use the smart speaker, "we need a little more time until its ready for customers." The device was scheduled to launch sometime next month, priced at $349. Apple now says that the launch will take place early next year.

The Apple HomePod is designed to be a premium version of the smart speaker device first created by Amazon with the Amazon Echo. In its most basic form, the product couples a speaker with a virtual assistant. Amazon created Alexa for the Echo, and the virtual assistant has gone on to be the big breakout tech star of 2017. Besides being employed on the Echo devices, Alexa is now found on the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9 and as a Moto Mod modular accessory for the Moto Z series handsets.

The Apple HomePod uses Siri as its virtual assistant, and will stream music, report the latest news, sports scores, weather, flight information and more. You can also turn on or off any smart appliances in the home. The device uses the A8 chip that was deployed on the Apple iPhone 6. The speaker is equipped with a 4-inch woofer, six microphones and an array of seven tweeters. Apple's HomePod is aware of how big the room is where it is being placed, and adjusts the sound accordingly for the best experience. And if you put two HomePods in the same room, both will be aware of the other's presence and will combine forces to improve the capability of the two devices.


Besides the Amazon Echo, other smart speakers include the Google Home series, the Microsoft Invoke, and upcoming models expected from Samsung (using Bixby) and Sony.

source: Apple

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11 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Why does the word pod bother me so much, I swear I hate any product with pod in the name smh. Simply saying homepod irritates me. Yes this is a personal problem!

2. GdgetXpert1337

Posts: 117; Member since: Oct 31, 2017

Best home speker for sure comin'

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If it has Siri on board, then it will be the worst for sure. If Apple doesn't get Siri up to Google Assistant. Then it will be a niche product at most.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I don't think assistant technology is that important in this case. What is worse is, that Homepod is realy limited in it's capability to do stuff. I honestly have my hope that Google Max will be a better solution, not due to better assistant, but due to usability as a speaker.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is Google's Home devices can play music, videos, and movies on Chromecast enabled devices, including TV's, speakers, and home theater systems, and more. So when you can just use your voice to start and control a movie or music using only your voice, then that is pretty cool and convenient.

11. StandardPerson

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 22, 2017

I think it would take an afternoon to - turn on Siri commands on a Mac - get Siri to trigger an AppleScript with the spoken film or song name - open iTunes and - play the song or film. I'd be amazed if there isn't an AppleScript that does this somewhere on the web! Of course, you need a Mac: you can't AppleScript on iOS devices AFAIK.

3. BigBoat

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 28, 2017

I think these snark speakers are stupid. It’s another repetitive device. My phone does all that and I have Bluetooth speakers.

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I agree that those products cater to non-existing needs. On the other hand it's great marketing achievement, Amazon told people that they need smart speakers and they bought it. I still can't see any point of them, be it Amazon, Apple or Google product

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well the Google Home can play YouTube videos, music, and movies to a Chromecast enabled TV. Amazon's can play stuff to a Fire stick enabled TV. I know it's very convenient to just say "play bla bla bla on living room". Or to pause, and skip 10 minutes ahead or back". This way you don't need to use a device at all. Just your voice.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I want Google's Home mini with 3.5mm out (just like echo dot), because I already have great audio setup and I want to use it :v

4. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I'd rather buy a solid desktop speaker and an echo.

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