Summary… * Machine-Made
After facing a delay late last year, a new report claims that the first orders of #Apple’s #HomePod smart speaker have begun shipping from supply chain partners …Samsung Gear 360The 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.
Inventec is one of two suppliers manufacturing the #HomePod at launch, alongside manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry.
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.
#HomePod’s slow start has given other manufacturers the luxury of time to market their own smart speakers.
Opinion… * Man-Made
Although #Amazon and #Google already have a huge advantage, #Apple joins the race for the Smart Speaker today. The first of 10 to 12 million #HomePod devices will leave the factory today. #AI #SmartSpeaker #Trend