Apple Says HomePod is Delayed Until Early 2018

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    Apple today announced it has delayed the release of the HomePod until early 2018. The speaker was originally set to launch in December.

    In a statement provided to MacRumors and other media outlets, Apple said it needs "a little more time" before the HomePod is ready.
    Apple's definition of "early" in a year is generally January through April. Apple did not provide a specific reason for the delay.

    Apple unveiled the HomePod at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June. At the time, Apple said the speaker would launch in December for $349, starting in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

    HomePod is the first Apple product delayed since the AirPods in October 2016. At the time, Apple also said it needed "a little more time" before the wireless headphones were ready. AirPods eventually launched in December 2016.

    HomePod also serves as a "Hey Siri" assistant and HomeKit hub. The high-fidelity speaker is equipped with spatial awareness and Apple-engineered audio technology, including a seven-tweeter array and high-excursion woofer, and is powered by Apple's A8 chip. A firmware leak reveals it likely has 1GB of RAM.

    Article Link: Apple Says HomePod is Delayed Until Early 2018
     
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    It must be hard designing and finding eardrum* speakers.

    *as opposed to retina
     
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    Genuinely peeved. It'll be great, but not sure why the delay. I've been holding out for this bad boy.
     
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    Shame - was looking forward to treating myself at Christmas!
     
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    Can't wait for Apple Park to be finished. Then things can get back on track.
     
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    Damn. With Amazon releasing new Echos with much better sound quality than their previous models, I wonder if they need to get that price down to a more reasonable level.
     
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    No doubt due to the limitations of Siri.

    Glad I bought the new Echo now, works well with my old Sonos.
     
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    Probably a good thing. Better take their time to get it right.
     
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    That sucks. That kind of explains the silence with this...
     
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    To lock out competitors.

    "Honey, let's buy a Sonos spea... wait, let's wait until Christmas, Apple will have the Homepod."
     
  15. Gaprofitt macrumors 6502

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    Why now? Come on Apple, you missed the boat on this one.
     
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    Actually, I'm glad. This was up in the air as a possible Christmas gift which was becoming a point of contention around here, with those who don't like to wait for unconfirmed releases occurring in "December".
     
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    While I would like to think that all those people who complained that iOS 11 should have been delayed instead of rushing to meet a deadline will be happy about this, I'm sure they'll find a way to interpret this delay as doom and gloom.
     
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    Delayed along with Amazon Prime Apple TV app it would seem...
     
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    I see what you did there... ;)
     
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    Do you think they finally noticed the problem of defining which device the user was trying to use when you say "Hey Siri" in a house with more than one Apple product?
     
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    "We can't wait for people to experience HomePod..." ...but you will have to.
     
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    When will we see it updated on Apple’s website for the new date of availability?
     
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    Who cares about HomePod...I just want iMessage in the Cloud. iOS 11.1.2 is out and 11.2 is just about ready and it is still a no show.
     
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    I'm ok with waiting. Excited for the eventual launch.
     

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