HomePod Shipping Estimates In The US Have Slipped

The HomePod's ability to play great music no matter the layout of the room is one of its highlightsApple

This is the real shame with the HomePod because you could nearly justify paying over double the price of an Amazon Echo for the wonderful audio quality, if the speaker did everything else to a good standard.

That limited availability, combined with reports of relatively modest initial shipments from assemblers and parts suppliers, put quite a bit of pressure on Apple to run out of inventory ahead of tomorrow's official launch.

Meanwhile, those who pre-ordered the HomePod when it went on sale a couple of weeks ago are reporting that Apple has sent them shipping notifications.

If you haven't pre-ordered and you don't want to miss out on owning a HomePod straight away, then it's still possible to pick one up in-store. That should guarantee the HomePod will reach the homes of those who pre-ordered the device on tomorrow's launch day.

HomePod was first announced last June at Apple's annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), and was given the release date of December 2017 which was later pushed back to "Early 2018", a move believed to of been made due to a delayed approval from the US Federal Communications Commission.

However we should point out that these are only orders for the online store, meaning that you could probably head on over to an Apple retail store and try your luck there. The speaker is available now from Apple.com for customers in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, with the company confirming the device will additionally launch in to France and Germany "in the spring".

Still, not all is lost. Shortly after the same thing happened to Apple Australia's online store, leaving the U.S. as the only market in which the speakers were still available on launch day.



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