Apple has announced that its HomePod speaker, which features the same Siri virtual assistant found in its iPhones, has been delayed until 2018.
In a statement, the California-based company said: “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.”
The HomePod was first unveiled at Apple’s WWDC event back in June.
The speaker, which features high quality audio, as well as the ability to complete tasks via voice control, is a direct rival to Amazon’s Echo and Google Home.
It had initially been slated for release this December.
At $349 in the US (UK price is probably around £330-£350), the HomePod is priced much higher than its competitors, although Apple claims its superior sound quality will set it apart from other smart speakers on the market.
Siri has long been a cornerstone of the iPhone, but has yet to become a major part of at–home tech. Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant, though, have been handling tasks such as switching on the heating and firing up the kettle for over a year.