Apple has delayed the release of their much-awaited HomePod speaker

HomePod

Apple first gave us a glimpse at the HomePod back in June, but almost six months later the company says that more work is still needed.

With the delay, Apple will miss the chance to hook consumers with the speaker during the crucial holiday season.

In June, some analysts questioned whether a December launch was already too late for Apple to compete with Amazon and Google for the connected home market. Apple said that its smart speaker will be able to control home appliances and take basic orders.

"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", the Apple spokesperson burbled. HomePod, the Siri powered smart speaker which was unveiled back in June will start shipping to the US, UK and Australia in only early 2018. Like its competitors, the speaker is controlled by Apple's AI assistant - Siri - which can do things such as read out the news, send iMessages and arrange music play lists.

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AI Assistants are more used in smart speakers than phones.

Apple has delayed the launch of its smart home speaker HomePod until 2018 and reportedly said that it needed more time to work on it.

You better come up with another gift, because HomePod won't be released in time.

Bob O'Donnell, founder of Technalysis Research, said, "Apple has forecast between $84 billion and $87 billion in revenue for the holiday - mostly driven by sales of its $999 iPhone X - so it's unlikely that missing a few weeks of sales of its $349 speaker will affect its financial results".

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