Apple has delayed the launch of its new HomePod smart speaker until early 2018. When first announced in June, the speaker was expected to launch in December 2017, in time for holiday sales, according Telecompaper. The company did not give a reason for the delayed launch, but comfirmed to several media outlets that no sales are planned before year-end. Apple said it aims to start shipping the device in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.