HomePod Future of Homepod

Dentifrice

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I live in Canada and I'm waiting for the Homepod to replace my google homes.

Now the fact that Apple didn't even say the name Homepod at WWDC while the sales are very bad, is it a good thing to buy it ?

I would I love them to announce homepod mini (I know it's a software show) or just talk about new features. Instead, they announced new features and new countries couple of days ago with simple press release. They didn't even care to make some advertising for the product at the show !

I really fear that they are gonna let it die. At least, AW sales weren't that good too at first and it's still there but they were the first to deliver a real watch working like it should. Now they enter a market already existing with two big names (amazon and google). Add to this the not so great reviews...


I know I'll buy it anyway but I hope they will come back with something to boost the sales
 

chabig

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I wouldn’t worry about HomePod. WWDC isn’t about advertising. It’s about Apple platforms. Right now, HomePod isn’t a platform.
 

CPTmom2wp

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Sep 10, 2014
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A lot of people really love the HP, but the sale of any speaker will never be on par with other devices.
1. The vast majority of people see a speaker, as.......just a speaker. Those people see few differences between speakers as many have never heard real quality speakers or even attended a live symphony or concert to hear true sound as a model for what they should be hearing. Some listen only to podcasts, use just Siri, or just don't care.
2. The human ear adapts to sounds heard every day and the subtle degradations in a speaker at home over a multi year period are not perceived. So I would expect that once someone purchases one or multi HP's, those devices will stay put until there is a major upgrade with a new ability...probably not the sound quality......available on the market.

IMO, given the price, most of us will be looking forward to new capabilities via software updates for the HP and will simply be adding HP's to meet our needs, then be done with it. There are a multitude of upgrades for Apple to make (and we want) for the HP and Siri, and I would imagine that is their plan.
 

T'hain Esh Kelch

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Aug 5, 2001
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I would imagine the Homepod getting a minor software update at the release of iOS12. Don't expect more speakers though, just a slightly improved Siri!
 

nrvna76

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Aug 4, 2010
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I would not fret about HomePod sales. Given the fact that it was released in February and missed the holiday season they still got some market share. Even with a much higher price point.

I’m not sure why people keep saying they are too late to market, etc. Apple is rarely the first to a new market, but quite often they take it over due to their user base and ecosystem approach. (See Apple Watch)

Especially with the new focus on privacy. Not everybody wants to share everything with Amazon and googles cloud.

I plan to purchase one at some point, I’m curious what the upgrade cycle will be for this product (hardware wise). I’m not looking to have to upgrade every other year for something like this to take advantage of new features.
 

SandboxGeneral

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Sep 8, 2010
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I feel like the HomePod is probably considered a "hobby" at Apple as the Apple TV was for years. I have one and like it very much. For the investment that they put into producing this product, I have my doubts that they'd drop it so soon.
 

Endorphine88

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HomePod was never meant to be a mass-seller. It appeals to a very niche group of people - Apple addicts, people who are heavily invested in the ecosystem. I love my HomePods because they meet my expectations and I don't try to force them to do stuff they were never meant to do (bluetooth streaming). I think from the numbers that Apple has shared it's still very impressive they've managed to sell a decent amount. Also, a lot of my friends have bought 2+ HomePods. When I was picking up two more the other day, the guy at the store said there's been a recent spike in people buying multiple (thank you Airplay 2). The HomePod is a very calculated move. Don't read too much in between the lines
 
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The Game 161

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Dec 15, 2010
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I fail to see apple update the homepod lines. The Improvements will be software updates which is all they need to do with it.
 
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