Apple said on Friday that it’s delaying the launch of its HomePod smart speaker until next year.
The delay means Apple will miss the key Christmas shopping season in the fast-growing segment of connected speakers.
“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,” Apple said in an emailed statement.
“We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”
Apple announced the device at its developer conference in June.