homepod

  1. Maura

    Apple Set to Launch High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones and a New HomePod in 2019

    According to an exclusive new report from Bloomberg, Apple is set to launch several new audio products next year, including new high-end AirPods, a new HomePod, and studio-quality over-ear headphones. Bloomberg’s sources say that Apple intends to update the AirPods range with noise-cancellation...
  2. Maura

    Apple Shipped 600,000 HomePods in Q1

    9to5 Mac reports that according to new figures from Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 600,000 HomePods in Q1, representing 6% of the smart-speaker marketshare. Amazon currently has 43.6% of the market, or 4 million of the overall smart speaker total of 9.2 million units shipped in the first...
  3. Maura

    Apple HomePod Sales Said to be Disappointing

    According to a new report from Bloomberg Technology today, Apple’s HomePod has not sold anything like as well as Apple would have hoped. HomePod arrived in stores in January 2018, but by late March, Bloomberg’s sources say, Apple had already lowered sales forecasts and cut its orders with...
  4. Maura

    Barclays: AirPods Still Selling Well, HomePod Sales Less So

    MacRumors reports today that according to a new report from Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and co., AirPod sales continue to grow, and Apple will be increasing production to keep up with demand. Barclays expects AirPods shipments to reach 30 million units in 2018, which is not that far off KGI...
  5. Maura

    Apple Set to Release Cheaper iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air and HomePod This Year

    If you’re thinking about buying a particular Apple device anytime soon then you might want to wait a couple of months, as according to a new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, via Mac Otakara and MacRumors, Apple is planning to release cheaper versions of four of its most popular products...
  6. Maura

    First-Day HomePod Pre-Orders Beat Those of Rivals

    MacRumors reports today on new data from NPD Group that shows that first-day pre-orders for Apple’s HomePod were bigger than first-day pre-orders for many of HomePod’s biggest rivals such as the Sonos One and the Google Home Max in the US. The only smart speaker that HomePod did not beat in...
  7. Maura

    HomePod White Ring Due to Insufficient Q&A Testing by Apple

    Business Insider has been talking to industrial design experts about the issue that Apple is currently having with HomePods leaving white rings on certain treated wood surfaces. While the problem is not specific to Apple’s product, with reports appearing last week that the Sonos One speaker...
  8. Maura

    HomePod Costs $219 to Build

    AppleInsider reports that according to research from TechInsights, Apple’s HomePod costs around $216 to build. With HomePod costing $349, this translates to margins of around 38%, which is lower than Apple’s margins for iPhone and iPad, and also lower than HomePod’s rivals such as Amazon’s Echo...
  9. Maura

    HomePod Found to be Leaving White Rings on Treated Wood Surfaces

    MacRumors reports that many users have been posting pictures of white ring markings that have been left by their HomePods on wood surfaces. Following many complaints on social media and in various reviews, Apple has now been prompted to issue a statement on the matter. The problem first came to...
  10. Maura

    Audio Expert Says That HomePod is an “Audiophile-Grade Speaker”

    It seems like Apple’s determination to focus primarily on HomePod’s sound over anything else has really paid off, as according to AppleInsider, one particular audio expert is hailing the newly released speaker as acoustical “witchcraft” and “100 percent an Audiophile-grade Speaker.” In one...
  11. Maura

    The First HomePods Are Arriving

    It’s an exciting day today for anyone who pre-ordered Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker, with customers in Australia being the first to open theirs. After Australia came the United Kingdom, and then finally North America, with stores in all three of the HomePod launch countries opening at 8 a.m...
  12. Maura

    HomePod Shipping Availability Slips to Next Week

    Apple’s HomePod isn’t officially available until tomorrow, but already the shipping dates in the US online Apple Store have slipped to next week, and HomePod in-store pick-ups are no longer available, writes MacRumors. The situation is the same in the UK and Australia. However, don’t worry if...
  13. Maura

    Early HomePod Reviews Heap Praise on the Sound but Say Siri Needs Work

    AppleInsider reports today on the first in-depth HomePod reviews to appear prior to the smart speaker’s arrival in stores on Friday. The New York Times’s Brian X. Cheng found HomePod lacking in terms of various task tests that he set for it in comparison with Google Home and Amazon Echo, and...
  14. Maura

    First HomePod Pre-Orders Are on the Way

    MacRumors reports that one week prior to the launch of the HomePod smart speaker in the US, United Kingdom, and Australia on Friday, February 9, the first pre-order shipping notifications have begun, with customers in the UK seeing their cards charged for their HomePod purchases this morning...
  15. Maura

    Apple Announces $88.3 Billion Revenue for Q1

    Last night Apple announced its Q1 2018 results, posting revenue of $88.3 billion and profits of $20.1 billion, writes 9to5 Mac. This was even more than the record revenue of between $84 billion and $87 billion that Apple had forecast. The last quarter figures included iPhone 8 sales, whereas...
  16. Maura

    Apple Reveals HomePod Audio Sources

    9to5 Mac reports that Apple has today revealed exactly what audio sources you can play on HomePod. Here’s the official list from the HomePod tech specs page: Apple Music iTunes Music Purchases iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription Beats 1 Live Radio Podcasts...
  17. Maura

    HomePod Will be Updated Via the Home App

    According to a report on 9to5 Mac, Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, which is available now to pre-order, will receive software updates via the Home app, which will notify users when a new software update for the speaker is available. HomePod uses an adapted version of iOS, so the update interface...
  18. Maura

    Apple’s HomePod is Now Available to Pre-Order

    Apple’s HomePod is now available to pre-order in the US, UK, and Australia, writes 9to5 Mac. The first orders are due to arrive on February 9. The HomePod costs $349 and comes in white or space gray versions. Meanwhile, Apple has just issued an official “Environmental Report” for HomePod, which...
  19. Maura

    First HomePod Hands-On Review Outlines Privacy Safeguards

    9to5 Mac writes that according to the first hands-on HomePod review from Refinery29, Apple’s smart speaker, which will be available to pre-order from tomorrow, not only looks great, it also sounds better than Google Home Max, Amazon Echo, and Sonos One. The Refinery29 article also touched on...
  20. Maura

    Apple’s HomePod is Out on February 9

    Apple finally announced today that its highly anticipated, Siri-powered smart speaker will be released on February 9 in the US, UK, and Australia, with pre-orders starting this Friday, January 26. It will also be available in France and Germany in the spring. Apple says that the 7-inchs-tall...
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