2017 will end without the Apple’s HomePod smart speaker Apple says that it needs more time to work on the HomePod. “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,” an Apple spokesperson said. “We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”

The Siri-Powered speaker was expected in December priced at $349. In a statement, the company admits it still needs a little extra time before the device is ready for its initial debut in the US, UK and Australia.

This is Apple’s first move to the smart home assistants market, and the company has to get the most out of it if it wants to play a role. At the same time, however, the holiday season will in practice be dominated by competitors like Echo Plus, Home Max and Sonos One.

The move reminds of similar decision by the company last year to delay the launch of its wireless AirPod earbuds last year. Initially planned for an October release, the headphones finally arrived in December — in that case, just squeaking in before Christmas.

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