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Apple Pushes HomePod Release to 2018

17 November 2017

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

Saying it needs "a little more time" before it's ready, Apple has delayed the release of the tech giant's much-anticipated HomePod smart speaker until after the holidays.

We had a chance to experience the smart speaker first hand when Apple unveiled it at WWDC back in June.

Apple announced its own music system to rival Google Home, Amazon Echo and Sonos back in June, in the form of the HomePod speaker. The Apple HomePod uses Siri as its virtual assistant, and will stream music, report the latest news, sports scores, weather, flight information and more. HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high-frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings. You can also turn on or off any smart appliances in the home.

The gadget was first unveiled in June this year when Apple said it would go on sale in the U.S. for $349 (£265). 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.

Apple Pushes HomePod Release to 2018