HomePod

KGI: Apple to Launch Cheaper MacBook Air in 2Q 2018

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new research report encouraging investors to keep their eyes on three products for 2018: the rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, AirPods, and a “more affordable MacBook Air.” The first two in that list have been widely discussed in recent weeks and months, but this is the first we’ve …

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Day One HomePod Pre-Orders in U.S. Beat Out Most Other Smart Speaker Pre-Orders

First day pre-orders for the HomePod, which became available late last month, were higher than day one pre-orders for several other smart speakers including the Sonos One and the Google Home Max in the United States. The data was shared by NPD Group and was gathered using NPD’s Checkout service, which tracks consumer purchase behavior …

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Pad & Quill Debuts New Leather Coasters for HomePod

Following news that the HomePod leaves white rings on some wood surfaces treated with oil or wax, Pad & Quill has designed and debuted new Leather Coasters that are meant to be used with the HomePod. Available in two colors, Whiskey and Chestnut, the 4-inch HomePod Coasters are made with full-grain leather and offer a …

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Like HomePod, Sonos One Leaves White Rings on Some Furniture

The HomePod’s silicone base can leave white rings on some wood surfaces that have an oil or wax finish, a problem that Apple yesterday said was “not unusual.” As it turns out, Apple wasn’t incorrect — the Sonos One, a competing smart speaker, also leaves white rings on furniture. Tom’s Guide reviewer Mike Prospero read …

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HomePod Costs an Estimated $216 to Make

It costs Apple an estimated $216 in raw components to build the HomePod, which sells for $349, according to research conducted by TechInsights and shared by Bloomberg. Internal components like the microphones, tweeter, woofer, and power management chips cost Apple an estimated $58, while smaller components like the lighting system used for Siri and other …

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Some HomePod Owners Still Plagued With Setup Issues

Days after the HomePod was released, there are still some new HomePod owners who are unable to use their new speakers due to HomeKit and Wi-Fi-related setup errors. Because it’s controlled entirely through Apple’s Home app, HomePod connects to HomeKit and relies on a functional HomeKit setup to function properly. Based on reports on Reddit, …

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Apple Confirms HomePod Can Leave White Rings on Wood Surfaces With Oil or Wax Finishes [Updated]

Apple has issued a statement confirming that the HomePod can possibly leave white rings on wood surfaces with an oil or wax finish. Image: Wirecutter The strange discovery was brought to light in HomePod reviews published by Wirecutter and Pocket-lint, as highlighted by VentureBeat, while at least one customer shared a picture of the same …

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Professional-Grade Acoustic Tests Support Apple's Claims About HomePod's Superior Sound Distribution

HomePod acoustic tests performed by Fast Company and published Tuesday appear to support Apple’s claim that algorithms built into the smart speaker make it capable of distributing sound evenly throughout a room. According to Apple’s marketing material, music played on HomePod is evenly distributed so that it sounds similar regardless of where the listener is …

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Siri on HomePod Correctly Answered 52.3% of Queries in New AI Test

In a new test shared today by Loup Ventures, Apple’s HomePod was put through its paces in categories including Siri, sound quality, and ease of use. For Siri, Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster reported that while the AI assistant understood 99.4 percent of queries asked of it, it answered only 52.3 percent of them correctly. Loup …

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Apple Shares New HomePod Tutorial Videos on YouTube

Following the launch of the HomePod, Apple updated its dedicated YouTube support channel with three new tutorials for the smart speaker, walking users through features like using Siri to play music, using the HomePod’s touch controls, and adjusting the HomePod settings. Each tutorial video is about a minute in length, and in the description, Apple …

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How to Use Spotify With HomePod Through AirPlay

Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is designed primarily for Apple devices, and it’s heavily tied to the Apple ecosystem. Natively, you can only stream music on the HomePod through an Apple Music subscription, iTunes purchases, or iTunes Match content uploaded to iCloud Music Library. It might sound like you’re out of luck if you subscribe …

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How to Access Your HomePod's Settings

If you’re new to HomePod and don’t regularly use the “Home” app for HomeKit devices, you might be wondering how you get to the HomePod’s settings, because it’s not immediately obvious. HomePod is controlled entirely through Apple’s Home app, much like any other HomeKit-compatible accessory. Accessing HomePod settings is simple once you know where to …

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