Apple has pushed back the release of its HomePod speaker to early 2018. The company released a statement earlier today confirming the same.
According to the statement sent to Techcrunch, Apple needs a little more time. “We cant wait for people to experience HomePod, Apples breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before its ready for our customers. Well start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”
The HomePod was announced back in June during WWDC, which seems quite a while back now when you think of it. Back then, Apple had promised the device will start shipping in December in the aforementioned countries.
If I had to guess, and I will, the delays are likely due to Apple tweaking Siri further before launch. Siri is the primary, or rather, the only way to control the HomePod. Considering it’s not exactly known for understanding your input half the time even when used casually on an iPhone where it is just one way to do things, you can imagine how bad things will get if it behaves the same way on the HomePod where you have no other way of controlling it.
It’s likely Apple chose to skip the holiday season to avoid having something that’s not ready yet in the homes of millions of people.