Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:

Ahead of the promised “early 2018” launch of the HomePod, Apple has received official FCC approval for the smart speaker. Now that FCC approval has been obtained, Apple is free to begin selling the device at any time.

We’ll see if Apple is too late to the game on this one. Amazon looks to have the biggest lead, and CES was filled with smart assistants from other manufacturers this year. Also, the type of person that might get a HomePod for audio, as opposed to for its smart assistant features, seems to me to be the type of person already immersed in the Sonos ecosystem. Count me in that camp. I’m still on the fence with the HomePod – the reviews will go a long way toward my decision.