Apple Releases New HomePod Update That Addresses Bricking Problem

As some of you might have heard, Apple released an update for iOS 13.2, but unfortunately during the update process, it seems that some HomePod users ended up with bricked devices. Apple has since warned users that if they have installed the update that they should not attempt to reset it or remove the device from the Home app.


Apple Warns HomePod Users Of iOS 13.2 Update

The other day, there were reports that following the release of iOS 13.2, some HomePod users were claiming that their devices were bricked, where the device would keep rebooting itself endlessly with no end in sight. The good news is that Apple has since pulled the iOS 13.2 update, so if you haven’t updated yet, you should be good.


Some HomePods Are Bricked After iOS 13.2 Update

Apple only recently released the iOS 13.2 update, but it seems that the update is already causing some issues. According to several user reports, it seems that following the update, some HomePod users are finding that their devices have been bricked. Some users report a white spinning light where the speaker continuously reboots itself every few seconds, essentially rendering it unusable.


HomePod To Gain New Features This Fall

With the HomePod, Apple has dipped their toes into the smart speaker waters. However, judging from the reports we’ve seen, it has barely made a dent in the market which is still largely dominated by the likes of Amazon and Google, who have launched smart speakers that are decidedly more feature-rich.


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Apple Will Be Bringing The HomePod To Japan On August 23

Apple’s rollout of the HomePod has been a bit slow, where unlike its iPhones and iPads and Mac computers, the availability of the HomePod is still very much limited to a handful of countries. However, the company has been slowly expanding its availability and come 23rd of August, it seems that the HomePod will finally be making its way to Japan.


Some Of Apple’s Products Will See A 10% Import Tax In September

If you were thinking about picking up an Apple Watch, AirPods, or the HomePod, you might want to do so quickly. This is because a new set of tariffs introduced by the Trump administration will be tacking on a 10% import tax on wearables and smart speakers, which covers the Apple products we mentioned above.


Apple Cuts HomePod Price By $50

It appears that Apple has permanently cut the price of its Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker by $50. The price is now down from $349 to $299 which brings it below the $300 psychological level. It has not been uncommon for the device to get discounts at third-party retailers but this is Apple now dropping the standard list price for the smart speaker.


Apple’s HomePod Managed To Sell 1.6 Million Units Over The Holidays

According to a report from earlier this month, it was suggested that Apple’s HomePod commanded about 6% of the US smart speaker market. Clearly this is less than ideal as it means that the rest of the market is dominated by pretty much the likes of Amazon and Google with their Echo and Google Home devices.


HomePod Commands 6% Of US Smart Speaker Market

Apple’s HomePod speakers are currently one of the pricier options in the market today. When you compare it against other smart speakers like the Amazon Echo Dot or the Google Home Mini, the HomePod seems downright expensive, plus given the fact that Apple only has one option, it doesn’t give customers much choice.


Apple Said To Be Selling Apple TV At Cost, HomePods At A Loss

Apple has made a ton of money over the years, which is largely thanks to the iPhone. However it also seems that the company could be taking a loss on some of their other products in a bid to try to get customers to get on board its ecosystem, such as the Apple TV and the HomePod smart speaker.


HomePod & iPhones Can No Longer Play Different Apple Music Separately

Since we all have different tastes, you might be listening to one particular genre, your siblings might be listening to something else, your parents something else, and so on. This is normal. However it seems that unless you were to setup a family account for Apple Music, you won’t be able to play music separately on the iPhone and HomePod.


Apple HomePad Launches In China On January 18th

Apple is expanding the availability of its smart speaker to one of its most crucial markets. The company has confirmed today that the HomePod will be making its way to China this week. Customers in China and Hong Kong will be able to purchase the HomePod starting January 18th.


Apple Offering HomePod Discounts For Apple Music Subscribers

Apple’s HomePod is one of the more expensive smart speakers around where at $350, it certainly puts it well above the prices of some of its competitors, although Apple argues that the HomePod’s audio quality more than makes up for it. That being said if you’re looking to save some money, you might be in luck.


Apple To Launch Its HomePod In China & Hong Kong Early 2019

Apple’s HomePod is the company’s take on the smart speaker which other companies such as Google and Amazon have helped to popularize. Unfortunately the availability of the HomePod is somewhat limited, meaning that Apple’s reach isn’t quite as long as they would like. However it seems that is set to change in 2019.