Apple Pushes HomePod Release to 2018

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The Apple HomePod is designed to be a premium version of the smart speaker device first created by Amazon with the Amazon Echo.

The speaker, which was announced at WWDC 2017, was previously due to be released in December 2017.

The delay is unfortunate for anyone who needed $349 worth of Siri in their homes, but it's also a bad look for Apple's wireless audio division.

The spokesperson told The Verge the device will ship to the US, United Kingdom, and Australia in early 2018. Apple hopes to find more success this time around.

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Next month, Google's Home Max speaker that likewise focuses on audio quality, and the Amazon Echo Spot, a mini speaker with a screen, go on sale. 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. Although Siri was early to the voice assistant party, the company is late to the smart speaker trend.

"Last holiday season, smart speakers were huge, and this season they're going to be huge", O'Donnell said. Apple hasn't been shy about talking up HomePod's audiophile credentials, squeezing six tweeters and a long-throw woofer - each powered by its own, custom amplifier - into the squat cylindrical design.

That's very different from the way other smart speakers integrate with third-party services.

In a statement to TechCrunch the company said...