Apple company delays HomePod release until right after holiday season

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Apple delays HomePod release until after holiday season

They’re getting smarter.

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Looks like Apple enthusiasts are going to have to wait a little longer regarding smart, room-filling sound.

Apple announced on Friday it will postpone the release of the HomePod, a smart loudspeaker set to directly compete with the Amazon . com Echo, until early 2018.

“We can’t wait for people to encounter HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless loudspeaker for the home, but we need a bit more time before it’s ready for our own customers, ” Apple wrote within an email to Mashable. “We’ll begin shipping in the U. S., UNITED KINGDOM and Australia in early 2018. “

Apple debuted the device in 06 at their Worldwide Developers Meeting (WWDC), and originally planned to produce the HomePod in December of 2017. With the price tag set at $349 per speaker, that would have been very the holiday season windfall.

What Apple claims makes the speaker really stay ahead of the crowd of networked house assistant speakers is its audio quality: The device sonically assesses the bedroom it’s in, and adjusts the particular speakers so that the sound best floods each individual space that it occupies.  

Guess we’ll just have to hold out just a little longer to experience that first-hand, yet from our brief time with the item in June, the HomePod might be worth the wait.

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