Apple HomePod delayed until 2018

If you had the Apple HomePod on your letter to Santa this year, you’re going to need to get a replacement up the chimney pronto.

After initially promising the Siri-enabled smart speaker by the end of 2017, Apple has revealed it’ll be delayed until early next year.

In a statement released on Friday, Apple didn’t offer specific reasons for the delay, simply claiming it “needed a little more time” to perfect it.

The statement reads: “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.”

Déjà vu?

The delay is the second time in as many years Apple has been forced to delay a major audio product launch.

In 2016, the company held off on releasing its AirPods wireless earphones for two months, also claiming they “needed a little more time” to be ready for a consumer launch.

On that occasion, Apple was still able to get limited quantities out in time for the busy Christmas shopping period.

This time around, Apple will miss out on the bounty of festive sales, potentially ceding them to Amazon, Google, Sonos and other manufacturers of smart speakers.

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However, given the brand loyalty of many Apple fans, it’s likely many eyeing the HomePod speaker will practice patience and wait for the perfected product to land.

Apple’s offering promises higher-end sound than the Google Home and Amazon Echo produces, albeit at a much larger $349 price tag.

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