David Ho, president of Taiwanese contract manufacturer Inventec Appliances, suggested during an earnings conference today that a high-profile smart home device his company has received orders for would be faced with constrained launch supply in December.

“We will finally ship the smart home device this year, but its contribution will be fairly limited and hopefully that will improve next year,” he told analysts and reporters.

Though he made didn’t mention HomePod or Apple by name, Fubon Securities analyst Arthur Liao told Japanese outlet Nikkei that Inventec will only ship some 500,000 HomePods this year, pegging the device’s contribution to the company’s revenue at less than one percent.

The situation should improve in 2018, when Inventec is expected to split HomePod orders with its rival Foxconn. Limited supply isn’t a major departure from past Apple launches, including Inventec-built AirPods that only recently started seeing shorter shipping times.

As a matter of fact, Apple itself said that its $349 Siri-driven speaker would see a staggered rollout, hitting the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia in December before gradually rolling out to major international markets in 2018.

Pricing in Australia and the United Kingdom will be announced later this year.

At just under seven inches tall, HomePod can be placed almost anywhere in the home and is available in white and space gray.

The wireless speaker is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, running iOS 11.

  • Blacklight: Retribution

    shortage incoming…

    • David Dablo

      was there even demand though? pretty sure the only people wanting a homepod are tech reviews or really spoiled children who need their own in their room.

      • therealjjohnson

        Or folks that want a cool speaker with Siri integrated so they can control they philup hue lights…

      • David Dablo

        Yeah no. That’s what the other (better and cheaper) smart speakers are for.

      • burge

        “Better”. That’s a bold statement too make. Have you used/tried this device yet ?

      • David Dablo

        Have you tried using any other smart speaker? And have you seen their prices? They’re better price wise. Most smart speakers do the same thing anyways so it is actually a statement I can make.

      • ravinigga

        Yea smart speaker but Apple made dis for smart speaker and good sound like the sonos 3.

      • David Dablo

        Want a good sounding and good smart speaker? Buy an amazon echo or dot and buy a good external speaker and hook it up. Probably still cheaper than the Homepod.

      • therealjjohnson

        I have an echo. The sound is not great.

      • David Dablo

        That’s what external speakers are for. I have a Sonos Play:3 I got on sale. I use that for my echo and it’s great.

      • burge

        Your statement said “BETTER” you can not judge something you yourself haven’t tried. Talk about judging a book by its cover.

      • askep3

        Lmao a play 3 + any echo more than $50 is more expensive than a HomePod, and going off early sound reviews, noticeable worse sounding.

        I do agree that Siri isn’t as good as the other assistants, but that’s not what the HomePod is about (yet)

      • David Dablo

        On Sale, honey.

      • Icisz

        Ba ha ha ha ha. Your wallet is full and you buy that crap? Your hate for Apple doesn’t make its products sub par. Too funny.

      • David Dablo

        Yes, my wallet is full. And I don’t hate Apple (sorry that you thought that because you’re 100% wrong). In fact, I have a MacBook Pro, iPhone 7 Plus (And I upgrade to the highest end model every year), and an Apple Watch. I buy the products from Apple that I don’t think have other products that could compete.

      • therealjjohnson

        No, it’s not. Most speakers Do Not do the same thing as far as quality. You can’t say one is better or worse when it’s not out yet. If you are cool with a cheap price…keep buying crappy speakers.

      • David Dablo

        I like to keep my wallet full of money for the next iPhone, Apple Watch, and MacBook. But if you like buying an expensive speaker when there’s a usable one, and cheaper one, that’s your decision not mine.

      • Icisz

        A narrow minded comment to be sure lol. How can you possibly make a statement like that? I would say wait until it releases to make assements that cannot be quantified. But if the past is any indication, you will be proven wrong by the time they sell out of available stock. I’ll have one and I’m a long ways from being a “spoiled child”.

      • David Dablo

        Honestly, kid. I can actually make these “assements”, I’ve actually studied Apple sales, and Apple stock prices in the past and personally I don’t think this will be able to beat out ALL the competitors. (ALL the competitors include the Google Home, Amazon Echo, etc). Apple always have these good sales but what’s gonna happen is people are going to just be pissed off once the HomePod Series 2 or whatever name they could come up with releases. Because they know it’ll be way better and there’s really no point in buying one now. Anyways, Smart speakers are a market that’s quite new, and personally I don’t think it’s a good time for Apple to release it this year. Maybe when they expand HomeKit, then sure.

      • Icisz

        Kid? That’s what you get out of this exchange? Lmao. I would say it is your comment that comes across as juvenile, or at very least uninformed and full of personal assumptions. In response to what you might “observe”: I have watched this company closely since it was created and have used its products to great extent through its entire history. Starting at the apple 2 plus. Having studied apple sales or its stock behavior for what is probably the most recent decade does not make you an expert on what qualifies as “ready for market”. Your comment referencing “customers being p’ed off because of the series 2 coming out” “and It will Be way better and there is no point in buying one now”. What does this bunk statement actually mean lol. You do realize all the products you mentioned, including the HomePod are or will be a contiuum of products right? The amazon echo dot for example is on its second version. Most smart devices evolve. So I’m not sure what you are trying too say. HomeKit works great, and Siri along with the HomePod Dev kit will give this product an actual platform. So um yeah. When is a good time to release a smart speaker? Seems like it’s already a little slow to the race (not that I care about who’s first). The point here is: Many hard working adults love this idea. And are willing to pay for it. If new versions come out it doesn’t matter to me. This is how technology rolls man.

  • Andrieux Querido

    Overpriced Toilet Paper

  • askep3

    Sucks that they couldn’t split with Foxconn from the start, but there must be some reason…

    We all know what’s coming from Inventec, 6+ week wait times

  • Jerry

    Sucks that they couldn’t split with Foxconn from the start, but there must be some reason…We all know what’s coming from Inventec, 6+ week wait times