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HomePod Soundbar

Would You Buy This Apple Device? HomePod Soundbar Edition

HomePod Soundbar

Every so often I start asking myself if others would be interested in a potential Apple device that’s been rumored or talked about. In the past, I’ve asked this question about an iPadOS device with a MacBook form factor, as well as an iPad with an OLED keyboard with Apple’s Taptic Engine haptic feedback. With the demise of Apple’s original HomePod and some rumors of what they might do with this category in the future, I am wondering if other Apple fans would out their money down for a HomePod soundbar.

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HomePod Mini

It Seems Apple Put a Couple of Extra Sensors in the HomePod Mini

HomePod Mini

You never know what you might find when you take an Apple device apart. In the case of the HomePod Mini, that would be a previously unmentioned temperature and humidity sensor. To some of you, that may sound like something random to include in a speaker, but thanks to my line of work I know the value of a well placed environmental sensor or two.

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Pour One Out For the Original HomePod

My family left for a spring break vacation yesterday, so I’ve been a little out of touch. Imagine my surprise when I checked the Apple news this evening and saw that Apple has officially killed off the original HomePod after its rocky three year run.

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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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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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New Report of a Cheaper Beats Branded HomePod Seems a Little Off

There have been several reports that a less expensive HomePod is coming on the heels of the original’s release earlier this year. While Apple offering a product that costs less than the current HomePod’s $349 seems like a no-brainer at some point, I have already stated my personal opinion that it is too early for Apple to make this move. If Apple doesn’t push Siri and its capabilities to power an intelligent speaker forward first, they risk a more affordable HomePod falling flat. That could really stunt the future potential of their efforts in a category that is still in its infancy.

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Is Now the Right Time for a HomePod Mini?

Based on the impressive sales numbers generated by smaller intelligent speakers such as the Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini, you might think a HomePod Mini is exactly what Apple should be releasing right now. They should definitely be working on it, and more than likely, such a device has already been prototyped in several potential versions. However, despite the potential for a brief sales boost today, I personally think that Apple should hold off on this move for now.

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HomePod and the Apple Watch: Disconnected

The Apple Watch and HomePod share a connection in that they are the two most recent new hardware platforms released by Apple. Unfortunately, other than having a variant of iOS at their respective cores, this is all they share. What would seem to be an obvious partnership, with the Apple Watch able to play and control music through the HomePod via AirPlay, is currently an oddly disjointed relationship.

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Tips and Tricks: Resetting your Apple Music Listening Preferences

I signed up for Apple Music as soon as it was available to try it out, so I know it pretty well at this point. You would think it knows me by now, but more on that in a moment. I had been using Google Play All-Access before that at a discounted monthly rate, but never was super-impressed with the iOS app or the service’s features. It was a very bare-bones music streaming service at the time, and with my kids getting more interested in listening to music, the ability to add parental controls became a priority.

While Apple Music itself was fine outside of a confusing interface that first year, we did experience one irritating problem. We had set up Apple’s iCloud Family Sharing when it became available in iOS 8, but there were some issues and bugs with it over the course of the first year or so. One of these affected Apple Music Family Plans when the service was released. We tried to set up our kids’ devices to use Apple Music independently with Family Sharing a couple of times within the first few months, with no success. Their iPhones and iPods would not recognize that they should have access to Apple Music when signed on on their iCloud accounts.

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