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Preordered HomePod units look ready to arrive on February 9th, software thought to have caused delays

Monday January 29, 2018. 12:00 PM , from Power Page
Preordered HomePod units look ready to arrive on February 9th, software thought to have caused delays
It looks like the HomePod is still set to arrive at February 9th for preorders placed on Friday, January 26th. As of last Friday, customers can still order a HomePod for home delivery or in-store pickup on February 9th, the first day of availability.
The steady release date supports the idea that it may have been the software that held up the HomePod, which was originally slated to ship in December. Apple delayed the product until early 2018, but never seemed to explicitly state the cause of the delay.
Historically, when Apple has delayed a product launch, as with AirPods or iPhone X, a component shortage or some other manufacturing issue has been to blame. When that’s been the case, Apple has quickly sold out of its initial availability, and delivery times have slipped.

It’s also been noted that even if you didn’t place a preorder by 5:30 PM PST on January 26th to order a HomePod, it looks like you can still snag a delivery or in-store pickup on February 9th.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.
Via The Mac Observer
https://www.powerpage.org/preordered-homepod-units-look-ready-to-arrive-on-february-9th-software-tho...

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