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Apple won't launch its HomePod smart speaker in time for the holidays

Apple won't launch its HomePod smart speaker in time for the holidays

Apple Inc. said Friday that it’s pushing back its plans for a Siri-powered smart speaker until sometime early next year.

The HomePod speaker was announced in June, with an initial launch date set for December. Apple said that its smart speaker will be able to control home appliances and take basic orders.

In June, some analysts questioned whether a December launch would be too late for Apple to compete with Amazon.com Inc. and Google for the connected-home market. (Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is the owner of the Washington Post.) But Apple promised that the speaker would have all of Siri’s smarts and stand out from the pack by offering superior sound quality.

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