Back in March, Apple announced the inevitable – the HomePod would be discontinued. The company did state that any remaining units would still be available for purchase, so if for whatever reason you want one, you’ll be able to buy one if there are still units in stock. Turns out that Apple might be having a hard time clearing out their shelves.
Apple TV and the HomePod currently exist as two separate products, but if a recent report from Bloomberg is to be believed, there is a chance that a future Apple TV could end up being an Apple TV/HomePod hybrid, where it will be a device that has the capabilities and functionality of two devices in one.
Apple’s HomePod has seen mixed success. The original model was kind of a flop and was eventually discontinued, but the smaller model, the HomePod mini, seems to be faring much better. That being said, a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims that there could be a new model in the works that honestly sounds very futuristic.
Recently it was reported that Apple could be developing new smart home devices like smart displays, which are essentially smart speakers with a display and camera built into it. This suggests that in the future, there is a chance that we could see Apple expand FaceTime to more of its products.
According to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, it seems that Apple is developing some new smart home devices. These smart home devices aren’t new per se as they have been done by other companies, but it will be the first for Apple. These devices are allegedly smart speakers that come with built-in screens and cameras.
Apple’s HomePod mini is designed to be a smaller version of the HomePod smart speaker. It also acts as a hub for HomeKit users who want to use their voice to control various HomeKit connected smart home objects like lights, kitchen appliances, smart locks, and more. However, it seems that Apple could have designed it to do more.
A few years ago, Apple launched the HomePod smart speaker. It felt like it was Apple’s response to the influx of smart speakers we were seeing in the market, but as expected, Apple had to put their own spin on it by claiming it had better quality audio and all that jazz. Unfortunately, its high price tag was not appreciated by many.
Apple’s HomePod mini seems to be off to a good start at least as far as initial demand is concerned. Given that the previous HomePod could almost be considered a flop, this is a nice change of pace for Apple that could help them nab a larger slide of the market share. However, it seems that despite the positive launch, not all users are having a good time using it.
When Apple released the HomePod, Apple actually put out an advisory in which they recommended that users not to place the speakers on wooden surfaces or furnitures. This is because the HomePod comes with a silicon base that has the potential to leave marks especially on wooden surfaces.
Last month, Apple announced the HomePod mini, a smaller and cheaper version of the HomePod for just $99. It’s a pretty good deal all things considered, but in the event that it ever gets damaged and you need to pay Apple to get it fixed, you might want to just buy a new model instead.
When Apple first debuted the HomePod, it was expensive as far as smart speakers were concerned, and it never quite took off the way Apple had hoped. However, it seems that the company could be making up for that with the HomePod mini because according to the estimated delivery times, the dates are starting to slip.
As the HomePod is basically an Apple product, it’s not surprising that it only works with Apple services like Apple Music. However, if you’re not an Apple Music subscriber, you’ll be pleased to learn that in a recent update, HomePod and HomePod mini owners will be able to stream Pandora directly through the HomePod.
Following the rumors that Apple was working on a smaller, cheaper version of the HomePod, it turns out that the rumors were right on the money because Apple has since officially taken the wraps off their latest smart speaker, the HomePod mini.
The U1 chip that debuted with the iPhone 11 last year seemed like an indication that Apple was readying its own Tile-like tracking accessory, but now according to a report from Jon Prosser, he claims that the U1 chip is actually the foundation for even bigger plans and loftier goals than just helping you find a missing object.
According to the rumors, Apple is apparently planning on creating a HomePod mini set of speakers. This device is said to be smaller and cheaper than the HomePod, and now according to a post by Kang on Weibo, it seems that the pricing of the upcoming speaker has been revealed, and we are pretty thrilled by that news.
With all the fuss surrounding smart speakers, it did not come as a surprise that Apple tossed their hat into the ring when they launched the HomePod. However, to say that the speaker received a lukewarm reception is overstating it as many were put off by the price and also the seemingly lack of features compared to other smart speakers.
When it comes to digital assistants, it’s obvious that Siri could stand to be improved upon. Now according to researchers from Apple and Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, they have recently published a paper that suggests that one of the ways these improvements could be made is by mapping out the room.
Let’s face it, unlike the Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers, Apple hasn’t had that much luck with the HomePod. Designed to be a “premium” sounding device, the price of the speaker combined with Siri’s limitations has resulted in a device that isn’t exactly flying off the shelves, but Apple wants to change that.
Apple’s HomePod speakers were initially powered by its own software that is largely based on iOS. However, according to a report from 9to5Mac, they discovered that in the latest update to the smart speaker system, Apple has made some changes where the HomePod is now powered by tvOS, the same OS used to run Apple TV.
At the moment, Apple’s HomePod is designed in such a way that the controls are placed on the top of the speaker where users can control music playback. They can also control it using Siri. However, it seems that in the future, HomePods could sport touch-sensitive fabric that would allow users to control the speakers by touching anywhere around the speaker.