Apple's HomePod delay is the right decision

Apple pushes back release of Home Pod speaker to 2018

The Cupertino, Calif. -based tech company said in a statement it simply needs "a little more time before it's ready for our customers", but failed to get into any specifics about the production delay, CNBC said.

If you were planning on purchasing the Apple HomePod next month, you are going to have to wait.

Apple said its next major new hardware product, the HomePod speaker, is being delayed until early next year, missing the key holiday shopping season. It comes with built-in smart assistant like you find on Google Home and Amazon Echo.

A prototype Apple HomePod is seen during the annual Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, U.S. June 5, 2017.


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. This is speculation, of course - unless Apple provides more information, we may never know the reason behind the delay.

Apple's offering promises higher-end sound than the Google Home and Amazon Echo produces, albeit at a much larger $349 price tag. Smart speakers use "always listening" microphones to detect commands, then talk back with a smart assistant, such as Siri or Alexa. But voice control is created to work only with Apple Music, the company's $10 a month subscription service.

Alongside the growing popularity of the smart home movement is an increased interest in smart speakers: not only are they a great way to fill the house with music, they also serve as gateways to voice-activated information as well as smart home functionality.

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