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Apple's HomePod will be delayed

Apple said that the speaker will cost $349 in the US, UK and Australia

Apple's HomePod will be delayed.
Apple's HomePod will be delayed.

Apple's smart speaker, the HomePod, was due to launch in December, but now the tech titan has announced there will be a wait.

Apple cited that the speakers still require development work and that the expected release date will be ‘early in 2018'.

In a statement, Apple said "we need a little more time until its ready for customers." Apple said that the speaker will cost $349 in the US, UK and Australia.

The HomePod relies on Siri as its virtual assistant and it will be capable of streaming music, reporting news, sports and weather information. Other features include a seven-speaker array of tweeters, a four-inch subwoofer, and a six-microphone array, as well as an A8 chip that was seen in the Apple iPhone 6.  

The delay is a setback to Apple competing with the likes of Amazon and Google, who has already released AI-enabled devices in the home market. Additionally the delay means Apple will miss out on the festive period where sales tend to spike.