HomePod release date could be as early as February

Doris Richards
January 20, 2018

Apple's delayed HomePod smart speaker has received FCC approval ahead of its release. The HomePod was announced a year ago at the WWDC 2017 keynote address and was supposed to launch soon after the event but it got delayed.

The Siri-powered HomePod was originally meant to go on sale in December 2017 in time for the holiday period, but in November 2017 the company announced that it needed "a little more time" before the HomePod would be ready for launch. Apple is expected to receive between 10 million and 12 million units in total this year. Production of the HomePod will be split evenly between Inventec and its fellow Taiwanese supplier Foxconn Technology Group, which is also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.in Taiwan. Apple previously stated that the USA, the United Kingdom, and Australia will be the first market for the device.

While missing the important holiday shopping season, the HomePod will apparently have a long way to climb to battle other competitors, most notably Amazon's line of reasonably priced Echo devices. Luckily for Apple, it does have brand appeal and could gain quite a large number of customers that way.

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