Unfortunately, the company missed their initial December 2017 release target and delayed the launch until sometime in 2018, a move that may have allowed the competing Amazon Echo and Google Home product lines to get a leg up on the competition. Now, the HomePod has finally cleared FCC certification, which means the speakers will be seen in stores soon enough.
Apple is preparing for the release of its very first smart speaker named with HomePod.
Google's Home Mini smart speaker ran into trouble with it's microphone recording every bit of audio it picked up rather than listening for activation phrases.
Ahead of the imminent public release of HomePod, new leaked screenshots shared by Apple employees in France who are privately testing the Siri speaker have shown the devices settings, volume controls and more.
Further reports reveal that Apple's HomePod was delayed a year ago after the tech giant issued a statement that said that they need a little more time with the device.
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HomePod is listed as compatible with iPhones running iOS 11 (all Apple models from the iPhone 5s onwards).
The HomePod is entering an incredibly competitive smart speaker market.
Apple first announced the HomePod in June of previous year.
One of the two suppliers of Apple's HomePod smart speaker, Inventec Corp, recently stated that its production schedule is back in order, and the first batch would be shipped next month, according to a report from UDN. However, Apple delayed the release to "early 2018" saying more work was needed to ideal the tech. Would you like to purchase the speaker in future?