Apple HomePod: Late, and pricey, but this smart speaker could still have one advantage over its rivals | ZDNet

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker could be on sale in the next few weeks, with reports that the first shipments have left factories.

HomePod was supposed to be on sale in December for the holiday season, but Apple delayed it at the last minute saying it needed ” a little more time before it’s ready“. But it’s likely to arrive soon in the US, UK, and Australia.

That means the HomePod will finally go on sale more than three years after Amazon launched the Echo smart speaker, which kickstarted the market and still dominates it, and more than a year behind Google Home. And there are plenty of other rivals, from Samsung to Sonos.

Apple needs to be in the smart speaker market because these devices are becoming a key gateway.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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