Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Apple HomePod Speaker Will Arrive Early Next Year

Apple HomePod Speaker Will Arrive Early Next Year

It seems more likely that Apple wasn't happy with the Siri implementation, after all the hardware in an Echo-like smart speaker should be a breeze.

Apple has chose to push back one of the products originally revealed almost 6 months ago in WWDC.

Apple said on Friday that it's delaying the launch of its HomePod smart speaker until next year.

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The HomePod was first announced in June and is seen as Apple's answer to the popular smart speakers already on the market, most notably the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

In addition, there are many new smart speaker options that have been added over the last few months by various technology companies, usually integrating Google assistants, Amazon, or even Windows, with some speakers that they allow to choose between several incorporated assistants. Amazon's Echo line starts at $50.

"We cannot wait for people to start using HomePod, which is a breakthrough of Apple's wireless loudspeakers for home, but we need a little more time before it is ready for our customers". A Google Home Mini costs $49, but the company is also coming out with a higher-end version for $399.

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

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Smart speakers use "always listening" microphones to detect commands, then talk back with a smart assistant, such as Siri or Alexa. Apple said it can detect where its located in a room and adjust its sound accordingly. Apple is pushing HomePod's release to 2018.

Inside it sports an Apple A8 microprocessor, which the company claims is "the biggest brain inside of a speaker".

HomePod is created to work with an Apple Music subscription and iPhone 5s and above running iOS 11. You can stream other services to it from a smartphone, but not with Siri.

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