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HomePod and HomePod Minis

Comparing and Combining the HomePod and HomePod Minis

HomePod and HomePod Minis

I moved my HomePod back into by bedroom earlier today so I could do some head-to-head comparisons with my stereo paired HomePod Minis. The results were fairly predictable, but actually a bit more lopsided than I expected. When it comes to pure sound quality, a single HomePod buries a pair of HomePod Minis convincingly.

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Apple’s HomePod Mini is an Interesting Compromise

HomePod Mini

I got the two HomePod Mini’s that I ordered on launch day Wednesday afternoon and have spent some time kicking the tires and seeing what they are capable of. To be completely honest, my experience has been a bit mixed so far, but I still like what I hear overall.

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HomePod Mini in White and Black

Apple’s HomePod Mini Sells Out on Day One

HomePod Mini in White and Black
What does this mean for Apple’s plans for the home?

I have to admit that I’ve been more excited about some of Apple’s “other” rumored devices than the iPhone this year. While the iPad Air was interesting because it delivers some Pro features at a cheaper starting price, the AirPods Studio and HomePod Mini both sounded new and different.

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Bloomberg Confirms a Fall Full of Apple Gear

 

Wether it’s this month, sometime in October, or even November thanks to COVID-19, we all know that new Apple devices will be here soon. If the rumors and reports that have been swirling for a while are true, then we will be in for a whole lot of hardware in a short span of time.

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The HomePod is Selling Better But Not Gaining Ground

The HomePod story over the 2019 Holiday quarter was a double-edged sword for Apple. On the good news front, sales of the HomePod grew an impressive 62% year over year in the 4th quarter. Not so good is the fact that Apple still isn’t making up any ground in the smart speaker market, as they remain in 6th place with only 4.7% of the current market.

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You Just Got New Apple Gear. Do You Need AppleCare+?

So you just got the gift of Apple for the Holidays, or maybe you got the universal gift of cold, hard cash and you’re about to use it on some new Apple gear. Either way, one thing you should consider early on is whether you should to invest in AppleCare+.

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Got Questions About Your New Apple Gear? Just Ask!

Whether it’s an iPad, an iPhone, an Apple Watch or even a HomePod or AirPods Pro, a brand new Apple gift for Christmas is super exciting. However, if it’s something new to you, it can also be a bit confusing.

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Apple’s AirPods Pro Arrive With More Goodies Likely To Come Soon

Apple has the greatest timing with these things. If they are going to drop a product out of the clear blue sky with a press release, I always know for certain it will be a day when I’m slammed at work…just like today. I did finally see that they had revealed the AirPods Pro around 3 hours late and got my order in. I am supposed to get mine on 10/31, which is a day late, but not too bad, I guess.

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Apple is Dabbling in Multi-User Support. When Will it Come to iPad?

At WWDC, Apple announced that they would finally be adding multi-user support to one of their mobile operating systems. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the one most of us have been asking for. The first round goes to the tvOS and the Apple TV, which will now have separate recommendations and favorites for different users. An honorary mention also goes to the HomePod, which will now be able to recognize voice commands from multiple users and respond with information from their iCloud account.

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The Yin and Yang of the Galaxy Fold

Many Apple fans are enjoying sitting back and watching Samsung squirm their way through a disastrous product launch…again. You can’t excuse the sloppiness of the Galaxy Fold and how rushed it was in the race to be first to market. An attempt to be innovative isn’t enough to cover up the hardware failures and suspect design.

All that said, while it is easy to make fun of “the enemy” when they fail, that really doesn’t accomplish anything productive. No more so than when fans of Samsung’s products throw stones at Apple for playing it safe or for iterating on or polishing up existing features. In truth, there is good and bad to both company’s approaches.

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Apple Turned Back the Clock at CES 2019

It was almost like 2008-2012. We all know Apple never shows up to CES, but they never really had to. There was a time when, no matter what happened at the show, they were still the main story. The show floor would be packed to the gills with iPhone accessories and apps. In the first years of the iPad, when it launched in the late Winter and Spring, it dominated the conversation among the tech press.

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