The new second-generation HomePod appears to have a significant backlog of pre-orders, pushing shipping dates back up to seven weeks in certain markets for Apple’s latest smart speaker.

HomePod 2 White and Midnight Feature Blue Orange
Last week Apple announced a new HomePod with a slightly updated design, faster performance and features, and a larger backlit touch surface. Pre-orders for the new ‌HomePod‌ have been open for less than a week since its announcement on Tuesday, January 18.

In the United States, the midnight ‌HomePod‌ is estimated to ship in three to four weeks, much later than the ‌HomePod‌ release date of Friday, February 3. However, the white ‌HomePod‌ is listed as no delay. In the UK, the midnight ‌HomePod‌ faces a five to six week delay in shipping. In other markets, such as Germany, both colors of the new ‌HomePod‌ face a delay of more than a month.

The updated ‌HomePod‌ comes roughly two years after Apple discontinued the original smart speaker. The original ‌HomePod‌ wasn’t the market success Apple had hoped for due to several factors, including the speaker’s $349 price at launch and limited features. Apple’s new ‌HomePod‌ is its latest attempt to increase its presence in the smart home market, which Google and Amazon have dominated for several years.

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