Apple’s upcoming HomePod voice assistant product will join the highly competitive market at the end of the year. For those who want to decorate their home with the new device of the company, there will be a little surprising problem – the limited quantities in which HomePod will be produced.

“We will finally ship the smart home device this year, but its contribution will be fairly limited and hopefully that will improve next year,” Inventec Appliances President David Ho told analysts and reporters during an earnings conference.

While Ho did not specify what product he was talking about, market watchers said it was Apple’s HomePod, the $349 gadget that will compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Apple presented HomePod a home assistant which cost $349

“Inventec Appliances will likely only ship some 500,000 units of HomePod this year, and the device’s contribution to the group’s revenue will be less than 1%,” said Arthur Liao, an analyst at Taipei-based Fubon Securities.

According to analysts, Inventec Appliances currently monopolizes orders for the HomePod and AirPod, Apple’s wireless earbuds. It also makes smartphones for China-based Xiaomi.

A person with direct knowledge of Inventec Appliances’ Apple orders said the Taiwanese company would begin to recognize revenue from the HomePod in December, confirming the U.S. tech company’s announcement earlier this year that the device will become available in the last month of 2017 initially in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. Source: Nikkei

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