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Apple's HomePod reportedly pulled from holiday release, slated for 2018

18 November 2017

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

The company is touting the HomePod as a high-fidelity speaker programmed to learn people's tastes so it can become a digital disc jockey that can automatically play tunes that its listeners will like. Apple gave reporters demonstrations of the HomePod in an audio room, showing it back-to-back against rivals like an earlier Sonos and the Amazon Echo, where it bested both of them in sound quality. It connects to Apple Music wirelessly through Wi-Fi and to other Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, through AirPlay 2. Apple said that its smart speaker will be able to control home appliances and take basic orders.

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Remember Apple's smart speaker it was planning to release called HomePod? The company has yet to explain key details of the HomePod's functionality to consumers, but documents shared with developers last month suggest that some of its core functionality will be limited to Apple services.

In a statement, Apple suggested production issues are to blame. At that time, Apple said the smart speaker would go on sale by the end of 2017 for $349.

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The spokesperson told The Verge the device will ship to the US, United Kingdom, and Australia in early 2018. When Apple was announcing the release of HomePod at WWDC this past June, the company focused more on music first and smart features second.

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Apple's HomePod reportedly pulled from holiday release, slated for 2018