Apple's HomePod delay is the right decision

Apple's HomePod delay is the right decision

Apple meant to release the $349 HomePod in early December so it could be on holiday shopping lists and compete against Amazon's Echo and the Google Home speaker.

Apple has told CNBC it has delayed its HomePod smart speaker until "early 2018" as it's not quite ready yet.

If you were hoping to buy a HomePod for your honey this holiday season, you'll have to come up with plan b.

Apple now says it needs more time to ideal the speaker's technology.

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Remember Apple's smart speaker it was planning to release called HomePod?

However, Apple has been keen to market the HomePod as an upgrade on home music systems rather than just its built in assistant, calling it a system that will "reinvent" music listening at home.

For instance, consumers will be able to request songs and playlists from Apple Music, but third-party support for voice commands is limited to a small number of app categories that could leave Spotify and others in the cold.

Apple debuted the device in June at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and originally planned to release the HomePod in December of 2017. For Apple, this may not be a big deal as their products tend to sell well no matter when they are released but it does make you wonder what the issue is with the device. Google has also updated its speaker line with the compact Google Home Mini and is set to launch its own premium speaker product, the Google Home Max, in December.

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