Apple Details How HomePod Can Detect 'Hey Siri' From Across a Room, Even With Loud Music Playing

Khedron

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As a stereo pair HomePod is competitively priced to other speakers in the same class - without the AI.
No they aren't.
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That's Ok if you don't care about your privacy.:rolleyes:
The Alexa app lets you monitor and control every request being uploaded to Amazon.

HomePod will give out your personal information from your phone to anyone that asks, and won't even let you know it happened.
 

wigby

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Hey Apple, just do me a favour and fix "Hey Siri" on iPhones. Works 1 out of 10 times.
Try retraining it. I notice my iPhone reacting to only my voice saying "Hey Siri" every time I use HomePod. Fortunately, HomePod overtakes the command about 49 out of 50 times.
 

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Even if these HomePods would be able to cook spaghetti for me - I am restricted to having iTunes running for music, I have to stream radio stations (other than that Apple Radio whatsoever) from a second device. No: I do NOT want to subscribe to Apple Music. I have my own music at home.

Uncripple them (spaghetti optional) and we will be in the game immediately.

Until then - no joy - my wallet stays closed.
 

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Same here, I've disable Siri completely everywhere. I was talking about a friend with my wife one day and when I picked up my phone, it had the entire conversation we had just had in a text message ready to send to the friend I was talking about. Talk about freaking me out.

I also have the Echo and it's not nearly as obtrusive, we use it for everything now. I think for any of them, the challenge is convenience and availability vs invasion of privacy or accidental usage. The mute button on the Echo is a huge advantage for us, it's simple, turns it red and you clearly know when it's not in use.
You're only talking about the obtrusiveness you know about and can see. We also know that Echo is a lot more intrusive when it comes to data collection and acting on that data. That stuff is even more freaky to me than an easily explainable "Hey Siri" mis-trigger.
 
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This might be one of the most impressive aspects of the HomePod, much better than my Echo's ever were. I can be almost anywhere in my house (2,400 square feet) and either my upstairs or downstairs HomePod will hear me perfectly.
I agree but do you ever notice that some days HomePod just seems almost deaf? I've had it hear me whisper across the room for many months straight and then for just one day, I have to speak loudly right next to HomePod in order for Siri to hear me. Then the next day it's fine again. Sometimes I reset the power on it and that fixes it but it's annoying.
 
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i would be annoyinged if some voice besides that singer sinning disrupted a song

what if the homeipod is outside the 40 watt range?
 
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You're only talking about the obtrusiveness you know about and can see. We also know that Echo is a lot more intrusive when it comes to data collection and acting on that data. That stuff is even more freaky to me than an easily explainable "Hey Siri" mis-trigger.
Fair point. My assumption is that they all do it, the mute button is reassuring.
 

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No I haven't, but doesn't mean I can't say what I said. I have Sonos in every room so no real need for an overpriced speaker with a retarded AI.
The HomePod is not even remotely overpriced even if you completely ignore the AI capabilities.
 
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Being able to catch "Hey Siri" is the least of Siri's problem. It should stop being useless to make me to use it in the first place.
 

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The HomePod is not even remotely overpriced even if you completely ignore the AI capabilities.
Behave, it's hugely overpriced. I got 2 Sonos 1's in a pair with £100 spare. Will be even more overpriced when Apple Music comes to Alexa in about 2 weeks.
 

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I heard this playing in the Apple Store over the weekend and I have to say I was really impressed with the sound.
 

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Too bad it only works with music. I have a lot of iTunes movies. I wish it was possible that getting two of these connected to Apple TV would sound really good but I saw a Youtube video that shows very poor sound.
 

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Can anyone with the HomePod confirm hey Siri actually works when you are playing loud music ?
How effective is this?
 

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Too bad it only works with music. I have a lot of iTunes movies. I wish it was possible that getting two of these connected to Apple TV would sound really good but I saw a Youtube video that shows very poor sound.
A stereo pair sounds good to great for movies with some caveats given that it’s a beta feature.
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Can anyone with the HomePod confirm hey Siri actually works when you are playing loud music ?
How effective is this?
Yes, it works ridiculously well. On the other hand Siri is still quite limited in her response.
 
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Behave, it's hugely overpriced. I got 2 Sonos 1's in a pair with £100 spare. Will be even more overpriced when Apple Music comes to Alexa in about 2 weeks.
Using traditional pricing, not Christmas sale pricing, two Sonos Ones are $375 through Best Buy. One HomePod is $350. Every single review out there puts the HomePod on par and many say it is better than two Sonos One speakers. But ya know, keep up your narrative.
 
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