"When HomePod comes out, you'll probably hear some great content from artists that are familiar and popular, and there's probably going to be some other special aspects as well", he said. With Apple's delay, "there will now be some people who make a different choice". The speaker was originally due in December. Priced at $349, Apple is setting the bar high for the smart speaker as a higher-end sound system like Sonos.
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The Homepod is a cylindrical smart speaker that features seven-speaker arrayu of tweeters, a four-inch subwoofer, and a six-microphone array. Where Apple does fall short is providing a smart experience with Siri.
It is the second year running Apple has been forced to delay the launch of an audio product, after its wireless earphones, the AirPods, where delayed in late 2016. You can stream other services to it from a smartphone, but not with Siri. Apple sets no firm date and just states vaguely that they are planning a release for early 2018. Amazon's line of Echo smart speakers have dominated the market and another holiday shopping season without a rival device from Apple will likely help that lead.