November 20th 2017
By Mike Flaminio
Today, the company released a statement that the speaker will be delayed until 2018: "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. We'll start shipping in the US, UK, and Australia in early 2018."
At its developer conference in June, Apple announced the HomePod and said it expected to ship the accessory in December. Apple usually doesn't project releases so far in advanced. When that happens, I guess it's about wanting to get something out there as a placeholder. Certainly, Apple wanted a new consumer electronic product out for the holidays, but it won't make that goal.