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Subsidiary of Apple supplier Inventec to ship voice assistant HomePod in Q4

Taiwanese contract manufacturer to split orders with Foxconn in 2018

TAIPEI -- Inventec Appliances, a subsidiary of Taiwanese contract electronics maker Inventec, indicated on Monday that it would begin to ship HomePod, Apple's upcoming voice assistant product, later this year, while a source narrowed the timeframe down to the fourth quarter.

"We will finally ship the smart home device this year, but its contribution will be fairly limited and hopefully that will improve next year," Inventec Appliances President David Ho told analysts and reporters during an earnings conference.

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