HomePod until early 2018. The speaker originally set to launch in December.

CNBC and several other media outlets, Apple said it needs "a little more time" before the HomePod is ready.

We can not 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. We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.

Apple's definition of "early" is generally January to 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 a Siri-enabled speaker designed for the home. It automatically works with an Apple Music subscription, including the ability to stream playlists and radio stations. Siri commands will let users direct the HomePod to play music, add songs to playlists, and even answer music trivia questions.

Siri wants to act as a home assistant, with support for News, Messages, Podcasts, Stocks, Weather, Reminders, alarms, timers, sports, and traffic. HomePod also wants to serve as a HomeKit hub that can control smart lights, blinds, locks, and other accessories by voice, even when users are away from home.

Siri is activated via a "Hey Siri" command. A visible LED waveform lets you know when the personal assistant is listening. Siri is never actively monitoring "Hey Siri" is spoken. All communication with the speaker is anonymous and encrypted.

HomePod is just under seven inches tall and features a seven-tweeter array and an Apple-designed four-inch upward-facing woofer for crisp, clear, distortion-free sound even at loud volumes. The speaker is powered by Apple's A8 chip, and as revealed in a firmware leak it likely has 1GB of RAM .

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



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