After facing a significant delay, Apple’s smart hi-fi speaker HomePod will be ready for release in the next 4-6 weeks and compete with Amazon’s smart speaker Echo.
“Tech analysts GBH insights say that it expects Apple’s delayed HomePod smart speaker to be launched ‘in the next 4-6 weeks’ — but that it will face an ‘uphill climb’ as it seeks to compete with entrenched competitors,” a report in 9to5Mac said.
The tech analysts stated that aggressive holiday shopping pricing by Amazon has further increased the dominance of its Echo speakers. Apple had announced its $349 HomePod in June 2017, with an on-sale date set before the end of last year. However, in November, the Cupertino-based giant delayed ituntil 2018, saying that it needed more time to work on it.