HomePod HomePod Availability - Shocking!

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by sam2428, Feb 15, 2018.

  1. sam2428 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Is it just me or is there something very telling about the HomePod being a new product line from Apple that is completely available everywhere and has been since launch day?

    Apple Watch, airpods, etc all when first launched were completely sold out and very hard to get.
  2. Relentless Power, Feb 15, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2018

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Actually, in my area, the HomePod is not available in two of my local Apple stores at all. But I don’t think that’s necessarily a sign of anything, just because of stock being available just under a week. The Price point of the HomePod is likely not for everybody, as Apple is bringing a fairly immersive product for those who want in-depth audio. If somebody wants something cheaper, they’re obviously are alternatives with different sacrifices.

    Not an appropriate comparison. You Can’t compare the popularity of Apple Watch or AirPods to the HomePod. Two different segments of products. The reason being is, the AirPods/Apple Watch rely on the iPhone and are an accessory to the most the top-selling smart Phone in the world. The HomePod is a stand alone Product.
  3. cyb3rdud3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2014
    When the iPhone was released I simply walked in and got one. I'm sorry what is your point?
  4. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    It happens with every product launch, supplies are constrained in some places more than others.

    When the iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black came out and was seemingly like hens teeth, I got one at my local store no problem.

    There’s also the possibility of Apple having built up a bit of extra stock, the launch date was delayed after all.
  5. Black Tiger macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    The HomePod has only been launched in three countries. Your other examples were released in many more countries at launch. This is the difference.
  6. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008

    When the numbers come out I think every speaker manufacturer will be sitting in their board rooms staring at each other thinking WTF, Apple sold more homepods in 2 months than our x product did in 12.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Why is it shocking?

    Seems that people want to complain that Apple has sufficient inventory for the homepod, but then complain their earpods are never instock ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  8. Buerkletucson macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2015
    How can you possibly draw any conclusions from what the supply is in the stores?

    You know how many where made before launch?
    You know the area of launch? Only a few countries? Worldwide? what?
    Totally new and different product than what your comparing it to......those are mobile devices and accessories.
    Product was announced in June 2017.....plenty of time to manufacturer adequate stock.

    Bottom line is you have no idea how many are being sold......They sold 3 of them while I was getting mine. :cool:
    I'm getting a second one.....so add another to the sold list. :)
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    More to that point, when Apple rolled out the apple watch people kept stating that it was a poor seller, that apple has a losing product on its hands, even though supply is very constrained, i.e., not available in stores for months, yet its been a solid performer
  10. sam2428 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I forgot how defensive and hostile everyone is in the Macrumors forums....

    In fact..I was not complaining at all about the availability of the HP....simply thought it was interesting and called for some discussion.

    Just because it's a different product and a different segment, doesnt mean its not a valid conversation topic. It's still a new product line that Apple released and I do think that the fact that there is plenty of stock shows that it "isn't for everyone".

    Do I think it will sell well? Of course I do...but Apple typically is very conservative with initial inventories...specially on new product lines. I doubt they decided that since the internet always complains about no stock they will ramp up and keep delaying the product so everyone can buy at launch. That is just not smart business practice.

    My guess is that there might have been extra stock at launch because the delays might have been more related to software which allowed hardware manufacturing to continue for a longer duration.
  11. rmoliv macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2017
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Yes there are other maybe better options and truth to be told most people listen to music (most of the time) on their headphones. I purchased my AirPods today and even months after launch day they are hard to find/get readily available!
  12. johngordon macrumors 68000

    Apr 19, 2004
    Yes, but to be fair you did suggest it was “shocking”.

    That a product “isn’t for everyone” doesn’t sound particularly shocking.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 16, 2018 ---
    Do most people really listen on headphones when they’re at home?

    Not convinced at all that that’s the case.
  13. thebeatsalive macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2015
    Seattle, WA
    Not shocking at all to me. It's a speaker. This isn't the iPhone where everyone has one and it fits the usage needs of millions. This is more like Apple TV to me. Some people have them but its not a universal product that people will automatically spend $349 on. I really wanted one but it was OK with waiting if I had to. I think it will sell well but will be more of a gradual sell.
  14. Buerkletucson macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2015

    Your title said it all......
    You get what you ask for I guess.....

    I see no hostility.......its just silly to compare availability of the HomePod vs anything else Apple sells.
  15. canyonblue737 macrumors 65816

    Jan 10, 2005
    Speakers are lower selling volume items. Components may not be as hard to manufacture, with key stuff like the A8 processor having been in production for years. Further the HomePod was due to launch in fall and all rumor sites indicate that the hardware was being manufactured in quantity back then, it was the final software that wasn't ready, so it is possible they had more time to build units then expected so have a greater quantity of them. Likely had they launched in fall there might have been shortages.
  16. Nell macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2012
    I’m not sure that it’s especially telling. Until there’s an indication of sales figures, there’s no way of knowing what the big picture is. It is interesting though. I didn’t preorder but did get one on launch day in my local John Lewis. I’d wondered whether they’d have stock but they did and the woman on the till said it was the first one she’d sold but that also doesn’t mean much; it could be that others had put loads through the tills.

    Given that most people have some sort of music system already, this isn’t the kind of launch you’d really expect that much excitement about. I’d imagine it’s the sort of product that is more likely to build up a reputation (and higher sales figures) over time rather than generating launch day queues and shortages.

    It could be that Apple has missed the boat on smart speakers or it could be that sound quality will make it a huge success. Time will tell. In the meanwhile what I do know is that I’m enjoying mine. Really wish it could play BBC Radio 4 though so that I could get rid of my clock radio.
  17. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    I broke down and went to my local Best Buy this week to buy one. Just to try it. And the guy was actually shocked when I said I wanted one. I asked if they had them in stock. And he mentioned that they have not sold hardly any they’ve received. Of course this is just anecdotal. But it caught me by surprised that he said they had hardly sold either color HomePod.
  18. ascender macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2005
    Stock left of anything after a couple of days = Apple and the product in question are dooooomed.

    No stock left of new product = rage at Apple for not being able to make enough stock. Apple and the product in question are doooooomed.
  19. za9ra22 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2003
    I would admit that last Saturday, the day after the product release, I could go into my local Best Buy and pick one up. I had expected them to be in short supply since that is how it typically is with Apple product releases.

    Logically though, a $349 intelligent speaker competing at more than 3 times the price of alternatives far better established in the market, it is hardly surprising that sales volume might be low, or that sales could be slow to take off.

    I could believe the supposition that Apple had them stockpiled as a result of manufacturing volume, and thus even brisk sales would have left plenty of stock in the retail channel, except that my Best Buy had not received many before launch, and had not had a stock replenishment, but still had 2 on the shelf, and more in the stock room when I bought mine.

    I doubt Apple expected high volume sales. I think their expectation is to leverage sales amongst a large proportion of Apple Music subscribers, and for the HomePod to also leverage more Apple Music subscriptions. They aren't trying to compete with Amazon or Google so much as establishing a long-term strategy based on their own market of products and services. They know they have a great product that will sell as potential users get to hear them in action.
  20. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    No kidding..
    But...How did you forget?

    Everyone reminds us in just about every other thread. lol
  21. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Every time I say one of the Apple products that came out may not be as good as its competitors. You would think I tried to slap someone’s mom in the face when I do that.
  22. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I suppose those in the market for a voice assistant likely has either Alexa or google home and those with sound speakers might already have a home theater or a Sonos instead so a need for the HomePod might be limited for many.
  23. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Why is it surprising? The reason why those other products sell out is because there is more of a market for items that can be used everyday. While you can surely play the speaker everyday, no one is using is it on a daily basis/routine like they would a phone and a watch.
  24. danny842003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    I got one as an impulse buy and I’m happy with it. If every launch was this easy I would be happy.
  25. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    maybe earlier editions of apple watch but i walked into an airport dixons the day after AW3 was released and had a choice of different models

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