Negativity about the Homepod in the forums.

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by Freuk, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Freuk macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2017
    A little like with the iPhone X , I am very much looking forward to trying the pod later. However , the more I read people’s opinions the more I find that they make me feel down and make me think that I will be disappointed. Exactly like it was for the X. I read so much negativity I convinced myself I was gonna hate it and that I was a fool for getting it.

    Is it because u guys are very demanding , and will pick on the faults as a rule , or is it cause you have high expectations that are never met , and therefore feel frustrated ?
  2. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    A lot of the negative comments are from people who don't have one.

    I have mine and love it. Sound is incredible. So good that I would go deaf or have neighbours complain if I ever used it at 100%.

    I can sit on my sofa and get perfect sound from where I have put the HomePod. quite amazing really and Siri works very well and you don't even need to shout to get it to do what you wish.
  3. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Confirmation bias and people's need for validation of their own point of view.
    It's the same with any hyped product release. Those that want it look for validation and reassurance that they are correct in liking it. Those that don't want it look for criticism and reassurance that they are correct.
    Some of that will manifest by coming onto the forum and thread for a product they don't want, and criticising it and people's choices.
  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    People like to be heard and people like to complain. You hardly ever see threads praising things, only bashing.
  5. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    Are you serious?
    There are constantly fan boy gushing "most amazing thing ever" threads on most all new products..

    It's honestly nauseating (and useless) usually..
  6. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Yeah okay. Go to the iOS 11 section, you will see 50 threads of bashing/complaining per 1 threads of praise.
  7. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    Have you thought that it might be because there are legitimate gripes with iOS 11?

    For me I've actually avoided updating to it still after using it on a few family devices...
    One of the worst iOS releases in recent years if you were to ask me..

    Negative threads can actually be a result of something true underneath.
  8. Amplelink macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2012
    I know what you're saying, but why not just simply use it and form your own opinions. The internet is a big place. You'll find people who love to gush about things and people who can't find one good thing to say about anything ever.
  9. cwazytech macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2009
    #HatersGonnaHate #HatersWannaHate

    In my experience, most people that I come across who have something negative to say about Apple products have never really owned one. Their opinion appears to be based on hearsay. I've never heard any terrible tales from someone who bought an Apple product and it was a horrible experience.

    Still waiting on my HomePod but I'm anticipating that I'll love it. What gets me most is how people say Siri is dumb. I get it. There are things that other smart assistants do that Siri doesn't but once again, I've been to friends houses who have these other options and how they use it and Siri can do those things. It's just hate for the sake hate. Whatevs.
  10. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I remembered when there were lots of rumors about a new Apple Television service with Live TV, similar to Direct TV Now, hardly any post I saw had anything positive to say about it.

    Not one person even tried the service, but the forums were filled with constant negativity.

    Get it, try it, love it, or return it.

    There will always be negative people, try not to let them get you down.

    It is strange, because I have noticed a lot of people that seemed to be excited about the HomePod. I am not one of those people, but I have noticed plenty of posts of people looking forward to either getting one, or finding out more information about them, such as reviews.

    This is probably true, as it did just come out. They could be just negative comments about the HomePod, influenced by people's lack of enthusiasm for this product. I am not remotely excited about it, although I think this is the first HomePod thread I have left a comment in.
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    You seem confused, as This is Not really a relevant comparison. Turbineseaplane was referring to 'Others gushing about how amazing Apple products are on this forum', you subsequently refuted by referring to iOS 11 and those complaining more in that specific thread versus having more praises. iOS 11 is entirely different segment where the majority are naturally going to complain about intricacies, glitches, what needs to be patched, etc, not to mention, iOS 11 not being a highly favored version either. Two different comparisons here.

    On an Apple related website, you're going to have those supporting and showing appreciation about a product thats new versus something that somebody will complain about in an iOS 11 thread where there are issues or discrepancies. Yes, there is criticism about Apple products, but the majority are avid Apple tech enthusiasts sharing more positive experiences versus bashing. That was the point.
  12. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    If you like it keep it you've got two weeks..

    Some folks are jaded, some are anti-hype, and some just want to take your fun away
  13. Sixcranker macrumors member


    Sep 22, 2014
    For me, I treat Macrumors as a research tool. As with ANY online forum, you are going to have the camp of LOVE and camp of HATE for whatever products are discussed. If I have a problem with the product, I will search to see if anyone else has had it, and if there is a fix someone knows of. Other than that, I stick with news and product updates. Everything else is a rabbit hole of infinite worthless opinions. No one product serves everyone the same. If it works for you, that is all that matters.
  14. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    I feel like it's a split between:




    People who don't want a thing aren't content to say "this looks ok but probably isn't for me" and people who want a thing aren't content to say "I think this product would be a good fit for me". It's all about the absolutes! :rolleyes:
  15. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    Forming an objective opinion costs at least $700, and probably closer to $1500. at least in the short run.

    In lieu of those, we get opinions from people who are emotionally invested in defending their purchasing decisions.
  16. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    As the HomePod is fabric covered, we shouldn't have to wade through complaints of micro-scratches!
  17. Shark5150 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2014
    Dallas, Texas
    That's what happens here on these forums. Take with a grain of salt.
  18. rafark macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2017
    The same can be said for the positive comments.
  19. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Ineed, I've seen mostly positive comments, I don't own one, but it looks like a great product. We here at MacRumors permit dissenting opinions to be posted, and if someone has a complaint about the HomePod, we permit it, provided its within the rules, i.e., not designed to purposely annoy members, or attack other members, etc etc.
  20. I7guy macrumors Core


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Don't know where the "emotionally invested" part comes from. Seems if you believe someone is "emotionally invested" in defending a position, then it must be that another is "emotionally invested" in criticizing or denigrating a purchase decision.

    Or you could read the reviews, go the apple store, potentially buy one and have 14 days to evaluate see if it provides the value you are looking for at the cost you paid for it.
  21. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    That User can obviously speak for themself, but I would guess he simply means that once you spend a large amount of money on something it can be much harder to be objective about it.

    And yes somebody could always just return things but opinions definitely vary on wanting to do that. I'm generally fine with returning things all the time but I completely understand the other side where people are hesitant to do that and feel bad about it etc. etc.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 10, 2018 ---
    I just spent a bunch of time with two different HomePod's at Apple stores here in Salt Lake City today

    It seems fine… It's honestly mostly what I expected it to be. It seemed to sound very nice but nothing about it was compelling for me personally to run out and spend much money on it.

    Who knows… If they open it up a bit more and I can use other sources more natively with it versus just airplay perhaps I'll give one a try at home sometime but not at this moment.

    It definitely feels like a subdued product launch as absolutely nobody was even looking at them or playing with them in the hour plus I was there (very busy store)… I'm not even sure normal people knew Apple released their own speaker to be honest.
  22. Volusia macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2016
    Central Florida
    Don't let others' negatively influence you one way or the other. There is a reason they make so many different flavors of ice cream....
  23. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    It's the one product in the lineup there's nothing significant not to like about imo. Siri is probably the weakest link, but still plenty functional enough for it's core purposes I'd say.
  24. tubular macrumors 6502


    Oct 19, 2011
    The same thing happened with the Apple Watch. When Apple releases a new kind of product, until it's been out in the wild and has had a chance to catch on, people beat on it for not being *their* idea of what the product is.

    In this case, you had a lot of people who thought the thing was more or less just another Echo, except Apple style. That missed the point pretty spectacularly.
  25. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    Same things happened with the iPod as well. Famous thread here somewhere with spectacularly wrong predictions.

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