HomePod, Apple’s Siri-powered wireless speaker, won’t be arriving next month after all.

The company told CNBC on Friday that it’s delaying the HomePod launch until next year.

“We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers,” Apple said.

“We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018,” it added.

Apple’s employees in China and California have been testing HomePod for weeks now. Apple has also released a few HomePod firmware updates.

HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, running iOS 11.

Originally announced during WWDC in June, the $349 wireless speaker was supposed to land on store shelves in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia this December ahead of the important holiday shopping season before seeing a wider rollout across 2018.

Before HomePod, Apple also delayed AirPods last year, arguing it doesn’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready whilst providing the same “need a little more time” explanation.

Were you planning on buying HomePod next month? And, would you still be willing to get one now that you know it’s been delayed until some time in 2018?

Sound off in the comments!

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    I wonder if they were worried about the 2nd gen Echo, at only 100 dollars competing against it. I see that being a hot seller this holiday. And a much better deal.

    • 9to5Slavery

      Better cost related deal, not Eco system or Apple feature deal. Good catch tho

    • Y2J: Keeper of the List

      Perhaps a better deal if you use those products, but if everything you own is Apple-branded you likely wouldn’t have as much use for it

    • Iskren Donev

      As far as I know the Amazon Echo is a US-only product, so direct competition between the two devices is hard.

      More importantly, Apple positioned HomePod as a premium speaker. And the Amazon Echo is not that.

      So I don’t think the Echo factored into the decision to push back the release of HomePod.

      That said, I’m kind of disappointed that Apple is failing to deliver products on time. There is nothing wrong with the occasional delay, but these are getting more frequent in recent years.

  • Blip dude

    Hmm, okay. Gives me time to try out Google Home Mini to see how I feel about these particular devices.

    • 9to5Slavery

      It’ll probably be abandoned in 3 years

      • Blip dude

        Doesn’t sound too bad for a device that’s supposed to cost $30 on Black Friday. It’ll suck on a $200+ device though. Then again, why would anyone expect 5-year support on a 1st gen product is beyond me.

    • Spoiler alert, doesn’t play well with iOS devices.

      • Blip dude

        Wouldn’t expect it too for something that is $30, but if it can at least do the basics then I’m fine with that. The purpose of it is to see if I can even get into the idea of it before just outright throwing more than $300 on a product I may end up not liking.

  • 9to5Slavery

    I was looking forward to this. A second push back from my perspective is because of the intense iPhone X sales and interest could be make it delayed.

    When iPhone XI comes out with those thousands buying this year, the hype will carry over with the HomePod

  • Bacillus

    Me-too product with usual delay.
    who’s taking responsibility ?

  • daniel

    Really disappointing for a company like apple to delay the released of the home pod. So many like myself waiting to get one in December, now we have to settle with something else for Christmas presents

    • Yeah, lets ask Google’s Pixel 2 XL team about rushing a product out.