A future HomePod iteration should not leave ring marks on treated wood furniture.
A report Thursday alleged that HomePod sales have been lackluster thus far.
Apple's manufacturing partner Inventec has begun shipping the long-awaited HomePod wireless speaker after the accessory missed its original December 2017 launch date.
HomePod's unexpected delay is expected to help contract manufacturer Foxconn, which is now said to be joining the supply chain in order to help assemble Apple’s Siri-powered smart speaker for 2018.
Inventec Appliances, a subsidiary of Taiwanese electronic contract manufacturer Inventec and currently the sole HomePod manufacturer, will only ship about 50,000 units of Apple's $349 Siri-driven wireless speaker by the end of this year.
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.