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The axes of HomePod evolution: don’t judge what you can’t yet see
“it’s important to bear in mind how every single Apple product tends to evolve: from MVP, aka minimal viable product, to thing that people buy by the million.”
mvp  apple  history  homepod  voice  design 
7 days ago by cote
HomePod: A practical review – The Sweet Setup
Homes filled with music are also filled with dancing, singing, and laughter, and using the voice assistant everywhere gives you convenience, utility, and a frictionless presence for interacting with your technology.
Mix both with a dash of quality and you get HomePod — an intriguing product for any Apple user.
homepod  review 
11 days ago by rgl7194
Apple’s stumbling HomePod isn’t the hot seller it wanted • Bloomberg
Mark Gurman:
<p>During the opening pre-order weekend, the HomePod grabbed 72% of revenue in the smart speaker category. But in February and March, its share of revenue slipped to 19%, according to Slice Intelligence, compared with 68% for Amazon. Google Home and Sonos Ones garnered 8% and 5% of revenues, respectively. (Slice estimated the sales by monitoring e-commerce receipts.)

Gene Munster, a co-founder of Loup Ventures and a long-time Apple watcher, expects HomePod sales to pick up in the holiday shopping season. He says Apple will probably sell 7 million HomePods this year and close to 11 million in 2019. By contrast, Munster predicts that Amazon will sell 29 million Echos this year and 39 million in 2019. Alphabet, he estimates, will move 18 million Google Homes in 2018 and about 32 million the following year.

The HomePod will almost certainly improve. Not every Apple product was a hit out of the gate. The Apple Watch faced challenges when it launched, too, and is now widely recognized as the top performing smartwatch on the market (although still a tiny part of its maker’s business).</p>

The HomePod bears some consideration. It's a really good speaker (pair it with an Apple TV and you have a soundbar for that output) but it isn't trying to be the things that the Echo range or Google Home range are. You can view that as a failure, on the basis that Amazon and Google have defined the category, or that it's most focussed on the thing people want a good speaker to do: play music.

But today I was also wondering about the inability of any Apple device to run two timers at once (something which Echo and Google Home devices do), and thinking there are some real blind spots in Apple's view of the world. Seven million is a good number of devices, but it's hard not to think that these devices are mutually exclusive.

(Neil Cybart, at Above Avalon, is pretty suspicious of the numbers; he thinks they overestimate Apple's expectations of initial sales, given the limited distribution at first, and also overestimate likely sales this year. He prefers 4m-5m.)
homepod  sales 
13 days ago by charlesarthur
How Apple's 'Welcome Home' Ad Was Made With Practical Effects, Not CGI
Apple latest “Welcome Home” advertisement for the HomePod shows a woman dancing through an apartment that endlessly stretches in various directions. It may look like a project done with CGI, but it was actually painstakingly created through practical effects.
AdWeek shared the 7-minute video above showing a behind-the-scenes look at how director Spike Jonze created the short film, which it describes as “one of 2018’s most captivating ads so far.”
homepod  commercials  music 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Erasing Complexity: The Comfort of Apple’s Ecosystem – MacStories
Every year soon after WWDC, I install the beta of the upcoming version of iOS on my devices and embark on an experiment: I try to use Apple's stock apps and services as much as possible for three months, then evaluate which ones have to be replaced with third-party alternatives after September. My reasoning for going through these repetitive stages on an annual basis is simple: to me, it's the only way to build the first-hand knowledge necessary for my iOS reviews.
I also spent the past couple of years testing and switching back and forth between non-Apple hardware and services. I think every Apple-focused writer should try to expose themselves to different tech products to avoid the perilous traps of preconceptions. Plus, besides the research-driven nature of my experiments, I often preferred third-party offerings to Apple's as I felt like they provided me with something Apple was not delivering.
apple  ecosystem  airpods  watch  homekit  homepod 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/977153056025579520
The Home Mini is the best smart speaker for most people, though Apple's and Echo have thei…
HomePod  from twitter_favs
4 weeks ago by brokenrhino
BabelPod: Line-In and Bluetooth Input for HomePod
The HomePod has great sound quality, but right now it’s limited to playing audio from Apple Music or AirPlay clients like the iPhone or iPad. But what if you...
RaspberryPi  HomePod  Apple  Hacking 
5 weeks ago by CBanga

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