Speaking of release dates, Cupertino has still yet to announce when the HomePod will become available to the United States and wider markets, though it was slated to hit markets "early 2018".
One of the two suppliers of Apple's HomePod smart speaker, Inventec Corp, recently stated that its production schedule is back in order, and the first batch would be shipped next month, according to a report from UDN.
Apple HomePod will take on existing smart speakers in the market that includes Amazon Echo and Google Home. There are some obvious ones, like the HomePod, mute icon and lamp, which we'd assume is some kind of "shut up I'm working" function. Pricing is announced at $349, making Apple's smart speaker considerably more expensive than models from direct competitors (Amazon and Google) or third-party manufacturers (Sonos and JBL). At the time of unveiling, Apple said, "the HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music".
The documents are actually dated September 27, but have just now been released.
Apple promised a device that's a powerful speaker - but also has Siri-embedded and acts as a HomeKit hub. All the Apple fanboys and tech enthusiasts are eagerly waiting to explore the HomePod and its services.
The last thing we heard about the new Apple HomePod is that the device is expected to launch some time soon. We are yet to get a hands-on of this HomePod as there is no any news of its availability revealed at this moment by the giant.