New HomePod Facing Significant Delay in Certain Markets as Pre-Orders Continue

New HomePod Facing Significant Delay in Certain Markets as Pre-Orders Continue


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The new second-generation HomePod appears to have a significant backlog of pre-orders, delaying shipping dates by up to seven weeks in certain markets for Apple’s latest smart speaker.



Last week, Apple announced a new HomePod with a slightly updated design, faster performance and features, and a larger backlit touch surface. Pre-orders for the new ‌HomePod‌ have been open for less than a week since its announcement on Tuesday, January 18.

In the United States, the midnight ‌HomePod‌ is estimated to ship in three to four weeks, much later than the ‌HomePod‌’s launch date of Friday, February 3. The white ‌HomePod‌, however, is listed as having no delay. In the United Kingdom, the midnight ‌HomePod‌ faces a five to six-week delay in shipping. In other markets, such as Germany, both colors of the new ‌HomePod‌ face more than a month delay.

The updated ‌HomePod‌ comes approximately two years after Apple discontinued the original smart speaker. The original ‌HomePod‌ was not the market success Apple was hoping for due to several factors, including the speaker’s $349 price at launch and limited features. Apple’s new ‌HomePod‌ is its latest attempt to grow its presence in the smart home market, which Google and Amazon have dominated for several years.

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January 24, 2023 at 01:02AM

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