Apple delays the HomePod speaker until 2018

In addition, the company has mentioned that it will release in early 2018, which is very vague.

"Apple reinvented portable music with iPod, and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", claimed Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said earlier this year. More than the customers who wish to try out the new product from Apple, it is probably the competing products, like Amazon Echo and Google Home who are waiting with bated breath to see the new device in the market.

- If you were hoping to buy a HomePod for your honey this holiday season, you'll have to come up with plan b.

They continued: "We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018".

Apple Inc. said its next major new hardware product, the HomePod speaker, is being delayed until early next year, missing the key holiday shopping season.

The HomePod speaker was announced in June, with an initial launch date set for December. The much-hyped speakers were to release in December this year.

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.

Apple is also counting on HomePod to boost subscriptions to Apple Music and block the rise of rival Spotify.

At $329, HomePod was poised to be one of the pricier smart speakers on the market, but it touts superior sound quality.

The downside is that during all this time, there are many technological companies that have shown their novelties in the segment of smart loudspeakers.

The Apple Homepod will be available in two colors: black and white. The company gave scant details about its speaker in June, leaving it room to announce exclusive music content or other unexpected features, said Brian Blau, an analyst with Gartner. But now it seems that Apple wants to make a product solid enough before users pay $349 for it.

  • Latoya Cobb