In a press release to CNBC this morning, Apple mentioned its HomePod good speaker can be launched in 2018, not by the tip of this yr as initially introduced.
Right here is the corporate’s assertion:
We will not look ahead to individuals to expertise HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wi-fi speaker for the house, however we’d like somewhat extra time earlier than it is prepared for our prospects… We’ll begin transport within the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.
The 7”-tall HomePod was anticipated to launch in December. It should price $349 and convey Siri into any room in your own home that it wasn’t already current, permitting for voice options like answering questions and managing your good residence. That mentioned, Apple mentioned the primary focus of the HomePod is music. The machine will function an A8 processor—the identical discovered within the iPhone 6—and can sense the format of the room and alter its audio output for optimum acoustics. It should additionally work in tandem with different HomePods wirelessly to supply home-wide protection or ship stereo sound.
Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner mentioned when saying the HomePod that “we wish to reinvent residence music.” However Amazon and different corporations which have entered this house have already achieved a variety of the work on that entrance. The Amazon Echo and the Google Residence gadgets have introduced strong voice management and good residence performance, although neither has been praised for audiophile-worthy sound high quality.
For that, you might have the Sonos One, which we favored quite a bit for its utility of recent good speaker options with out compromising a lot on sound high quality. Apple’s HomePod makes an identical promise, which is probably going one of many causes its worth is a lot larger than that of the Amazon Echo.