Apple HomePod Launch Imminent

An image from the FCC documents

Apple is nearly ready to open the supply floodgates and launch its HomePod smart speaker into the market in February, according to a Taiwan News report.

Back in late November, Apple delayed their HomePod speaker launch to say it would launch in "early 2018" for customers in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia.

Just this week we heard a report that Apple's suppliers have shipped the first million units, with expectations for a total of 10-12 million HomePods to be produced this year.

Originally unveiled this past June at WWDC, Apple initially said that the HomePod would launch sometime in December of 2017. About time, really - the smart speaker was unveiled on June 5 previous year, with a market launch initially planned for December and then pushed back to early 2018. 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 recently received FCC approval for the HomePod, signaling that the company's highly anticipated smart speaker - which has been delayed for quite a few weeks now - may finally hit store shelves in the near future. It includes a high-excursion woofer, a six microphone array to detect voice commands, and a seven tweeter array for high frequency sound reproduction.

HomePod is priced at $349 Dollars from Apple, and at today's exchange rate that works out to about $437 CAD, but expect Canadian pricer to be a bit higher.

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