Wednesday in CE: First Million HomePods Begin Shipping, 11 Million More to Come
After much delay, the last opponent to the smart speaker arena has finally decided to show up. Despite being the first to launch a digital assistant, Apple's Siri has fallen a long way behind the likes of Google and Amazon. The HomePod, a mesh wrapped smart speaker, will hopefully right that ship as it adds a new dimension to Apple's ecosystem.
The delay simply came as Apple's need for "a little more time" before it was ready to launch.While an initial shipment of 1 million units is modest by Apple standards, the report states that unnamed sources expect 10-12 million speakers to ship by the year’s end.
As of now, Taipei Times reports that Apple supplier Inventec has begun a limited shipment of one million speakers to Apple. Earlier this month, analysis from GBH insights predicted that the HomePod would be released in 4 to 6 weeks, aligning with expectations. That supplier, Inventec, is one of two manufacturing the HomePod, along with Hon Hai Precision Industry. The two companies are reportedly splitting production 50/50.