The greatest would be if it could delay the further ones so that the sound would reach you at the same time, so we would be done with that annoying echo.To auto-pause or lower the volume on Apple TV when you walk into another room?
To have music follow you from HomePod to HomePod as you move about your home?
Just a couple of thoughts using imagination.
Ah the famous "why would i need this" complaints start coming in, 28 hours before the event!
Let's recap some of the historical failed assumptions people have made about Apple and its products.
"Why would I need an iPod?! Portable CD-players are much easier!" (Apple destroyed MP3-player market)
"Why would I need iTunes? Does Apple want me to throw my CD collection away?" (Apple destroyed all psychical music stores and revived music industry after illegal downloads tanked their revenue)
"Why would I need an iPhone?! People want a phone with a physical keyboard!" (Apple destroyed market leaders Nokia and Blackberry)
"Why would I need a Macbook Air?! It doesn't even have a DVD-drive!" (No manufacturer makes notebooks with DVD drives anymore)
"Why would I need an iPad?! It's just a large iPhone and it doesn't even support flash!" (Apple destroyed Android tablet-market and has become the standard in tablet computing)
"Why would I need an Apple Watch?! Displaying the date and time is all that I need from a watch!" (Apple sells more watches than entire Swiss watch market)
"Why would I need AirPods?! Wired earphones are much easier to carry with me" (AirPods most popular wireless earbuds, copied by hundreds of other brands)
And still there are still plenty of people here screaming "WHY WOULD I NEED THIS!" when Apple launches something new. Give me a break.
Imagine a new device that merges an Apple TV into a soundbar with Homepod music functions. it coupled with a hand full of homepod minis could form a mesh network around your house reviving thw Airport branding.
i’ve been saying this for a while now and completely agree. Apple should never have left the airport line with 90% of their products and services relying on solid wireless networking. They should have developed mesh systems or bought a company that does and brought them in house. Then add mesh networking to their HomePods and Apple TV’s in addition to mesh nodes.
A company this large spends more money on watch bands than a core product line such as their airport line. The decision to leave wireless networking was shortsighted and reeks of Tim Cook. Apple is becoming the Scully era with massive product fragmentation and no leader with a true vision directing the ship. Jobs was the visionary, Ive brought his visions to life, and Cook ran the financials. It was the perfect trio.
So many VP‘s and SVP’s have come and gone in the past few years alone. Without Jobs‘ hard yet effective leadership, Apple is floundering on half baked ideas and products as Cook lacks the vision and leadership to keep the ship running well. Cook cares more about the stock and value has a way of sinking as fast as it rises.
I expect they have several viable designs for a new AppleTV that could be sent to manufacturing whenever they decide to. They design a lot of things, but only ship a tiny handful of those designs, when they think the market warrants it.I have an ATV 4k in my shopping cart for ages - I may have to pull the trigger. Supposedly, Apple has a new 4TV ready to ship for over a year now -don't know what is the hold up.
Although at first blush, it may seem like a great idea to combine a mesh wifi chip into HomePod and AppleTV's, but not every home would have a setup where the extenders are placed in areas that was beneficial to wifi signals. You could have a setup where a person has two AirPods (with a mesh wifi chip in them) and an AppleTV (also with a mesh wifi chip) all in the same room, potentially where the base wifi router is too. That wouldn't be helpful at all as a whole home networking setup, thus requiring additional HomePods or AppleTV's to be added in other rooms / floors. Or to then also need to have separate extenders.
I used to use an Airport Extreme base station with two Airport Expresses as extenders, that mostly worked great, but have since retired them and switched to an eero mesh system and haven't looked back (mainly switched for speed and better networking).
Perhaps Apple will bring back wifi networking at some point in the future, but I it doesn't currently seem to be something that Apple could make better in some way that would give them an edge over other brands and make it easier for consumers to use. Getting my eero system set up was SO simple, far easier than even my old AirPorts were and they update automatically so I don't need to think about them.
If I had to look into my crystal ball, I'd say that the future (within the next 5 years) will see more internet connectivity happening through 5/6G wireless. A rep I know from a mid-sized cable provider mentioned to me that they're already in the planning stages to shift from co-ax distribution to wireless.
Sorry, but tracking me in my own home is one rumor I want Prosser to be wrong about
New Apple TV with a UWB chip could potentially track your intensity/movement along with the sensors on your Apple Watch to provide an epic Fitness Plus experience.
Could this be disguised by Apple in plain sight as movement 'intensity'?
A quick Google search reveals that "UWB indoor positioning systems are able to pinpoint location in real time to within 20 centimetres or less."
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