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Apple's HomePod Siri-enabled speaker delayed until "early 2018"

Apple's HomePod Siri-enabled speaker delayed until

"We'll start shipping in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia in early 2018", Apple said in a statement Friday. The device was scheduled to launch sometime next month, priced at $349.

Apple announced its own music system to rival Google Home, Amazon Echo and Sonos back in June, in the form of the HomePod speaker.

It'll cost £349 ($349) when it finally does ship early next year. Apple hopes to find more success this time around. Siri can also handle advanced searches within the music library, so users can ask questions like "Hey Siri, who's the drummer in this?" or create a shared Up Next queue with everyone in the home.




It has a seven-beam forming tweeter array to fill a room multi-directionally, plus a 4-inch woofer for bass control.

TechCrunch's Brian Heaterrelates that Apple issued a brief statement, and that a spokesperson told him the company "needs a little more time before it's ready for our customers". 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.

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.


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