Apple's HomePod speaker delayed to 2018

Apple's HomePod delayed until next year

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Saying it needs "a little more time" before it's ready, Apple has delayed the release of the tech giant's much-anticipated HomePod smart speaker until after the holidays.

Apple's patent pending HomePod smart speaker that may have been on your Christmas shopping list for the home or kids isn't going to happen as Santa just received a no-show notice from Apple this morning.

The electronics giant said the device, which was due to be released in December this year, still needed development work.

Apple announced it's delaying the launch of its HomePod until "early 2018", CNBC reported Friday.

It can also, like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, set reminders, timers and find out news, traffic and sports reports.

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It'll cost £349 ($349) when it finally does ship early next year.

It was created to be a competitor to other smart speakers - such as Amazon's Echo and Google's Assistant.

Priced at $349 and launching in space gray and white, the 7-inch-tall HomePod features an Apple A8 chip, seven-tweeter array, and a 4-inch designed Apple woofer.

Apple unveiled the HomePod at the WWDC 2017 in June. Apple said that its smart speaker will be able to control home appliances and take basic orders.

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