Jeffrey Mincey wondered why Apple hasn’t entered the space occupied by Amazon’s Echo and Alexa combo. Yet.
Think about this question for a moment. “Are talking speakers really a thing?” And, by talking speakers I mean newfangled technology from Amazon and Google, Echo and Alexa vs. Google Home and Google Assistant.
Nobody knows how many have been sold.
Apple tends to play a game of leapfrog, which it did with iPod, iPhone, iPad, Watch, AirPod, et al, so HomePod’s so-called delay likely has to do with software development more than hardware. Note the difference in price, too. Amazon’s Echo devices can be had for $50 to $230 while HomePod’s price tag comes in at $350, so it wouldn’t take much effort on Apple’s part to own the revenue and profit and mindshare segments of the talking speaker industry.
These speakers are not a thing. Yet.