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Siri daily news podcast feature rolling out to US, UK, Australia

Siri daily news podcast feature rolling out to US, UK, Australia

Apple unveiled the HomePod past year as a competitor with Amazon Echo, Google Home, and other smart home speakers. Sources say that they expect to ship 10 to 12 million units by the end of 2018.

HomePod was previously scheduled to hit the markets before the end of a year ago, but Apple in November issued a statement saying that it needed more time before the product is ready for customers.

Apple had not updated HomePod release information on its Web site as of yesterday.

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While Inventec's initial shipment doesn't guarantee that Apple will immediately release HomePod, the step is a non-trivial indication that the product's debut isn't far off.

"We can't 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". So far the United Kingdom and Australia are confirmed, but there could be other countries the feature is also live in.

In December 2017, Apple HomePod was out for shipment with an eleventh-hour delay due to software and hardware integration problem. And also set some other news channel by default. Apple has since worked out those problems and is now moving forward with its release plans, according to the news outlet's sources. As pointed out by MacRumors, Apple defines "early" as being released sometime between January and April. Apps for Amazon's and Google's speakers dominated Apple's App Store holiday download charts, reflecting their popularity with iOS users who began to explore smart assistant options other than Siri. But Apple executives have argued that the combination of smart home control and high-end speakers more than justifies the price. Cupertino still hasnt nailed down the exact launch date, but info from one of the suppliers suggests that its coming soon.