Apple HomePod launch pushed back to early 2018

Apple HomePod launch pushed back to early 2018

Last week, Apple (NASDAQ:) postponed the launch of its HomePod from December to early 2018, but even without the delay, it will be playing catchup to the Amazon (NASDAQ:) Echo and Google (NASDAQ:) Home. On the other hand, HomePod is launching almost 3 years after the Echo and yet, it will be mostly limited to playing tunes from Apple Music, controlling Apple-optimized smart home appliances and sending messages through an iPhone.

The project, though, was canceled and revived several times, Bloomberg reported, which may help explain why Apple waited until 2017 to show off its own smart speaker. However, when the $350 gadget finally makes its debut, it still won't be able to do numerous things the Amazon Echo has been able to do for years, as pointed out by Bloomberg in a recent article. It is expensive and can't do anything that the echo can and is more expensive.

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The Apple HomePod, on the other hand, is made with a mesh cover and carries a high-end speaker with a 4-inch woofer, six microphones and an array of seven tweeters. Apple differentiates the HomePod by claiming to produce a premium sound for streaming music, which is why it is priced higher than Amazon's Echo. Requests to open third-party apps must go through an iPhone instead of through the cloud, as with the Echo.

They thought that the weakness of the Echo was its speaker and got back to work building a better speaker. Apple bigwigs could not work out how it would fit into Apple's ecosystem of products and services. However, the tech giant has now said it will start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.