Apple HomePod vertraagd en uitgesteld naar 2018.
Bad news for Apple customers hoping to purchase a HomePod before the end of the year. Apple has released a statement saying it has pushed the HomePod’s release target into early 2018. HomePod was originally unveiled back at WWDC in June as a preview ahead of a promised December release.
Apple shared this statement with 9to5Mac confirming the delay:
“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. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK, and Australia in early 2018.”
Moving the goal post from December to early 2018 could mean HomePod will ship in January at the soonest but possibly later. The original Apple Watch, for example, was promised in early 2015, but didn’t ship until April of that year. Apple similarly delayed the release of AirPods a year ago before releasing the widely praised wireless earbuds. Apple is still set to release the iMac Pro before the end of the year.
The reason for the delay was not shared, although it’s possible finalizing work on AirPlay 2 which HomePod uses is a factor. Both Amazon and Google have similar products already on the market while Sonos has opened its speakers as a platform to any voice assistant.