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Apple missed 'easy money' by failing to ship the HomePod

Apple said in November that HomePod, originally slated for December release, will ship to the U.S., U.K. and Australia in early 2018.

One Apple shareholder says he's more confident in the company than he was a year ago — except for one "huge failure": not shipping the HomePod in time for the holidays. "Yeah, it's a big deal, because it's easy money," Ross Gerber, CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management, told CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Tuesday. "It was requested by several relatives of mine, and we had to buy them the Google or the Sonos or the Amazon. Not having the Apple product as simple as this is a huge failure for them."

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