Apple’s first smart speaker, the HomePod, was first announced late last year, and Apple went out of its way to make sure that potential customers knew what they were getting: A speaker that also has Siri in it. Apple’s focus on the marketing, even after the device’s launch, has been about sound and not so much about anything else. Yes, Siri does get used in at least one ad, but even in that case the HomePod’s sound quality is supposed to be the star of the show.
When we compared the tech specs of iPhone X and Samsung’s all-new Galaxy S9, we had pointed out that Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ feature headphone jacks.
The HomePod went up for sale on Friday, February 9. Ten days ago now, which means most customers have had plenty of time to use Apple’s first smart speaker and come to a conclusion on the company’s first effort jumping into the smart speaker market.
Timing isn’t everything. At least, not for Apple. It’s trying to prove that again with its first smart speaker, the HomePod. The question is, will it work this time around?
The HomePod serves as the middleman between two of the largest streaming music platforms in this write-up.
Apple wants to make sure everyone who considers a HomePod knows they’re selling it on the (smart) speaker’s audio quality. Good thing for them, then, that the device delivers.
Despite the fact that companies set their own release schedules, it might feel inevitable that it ultimately becomes something of an uncontrollable beast, let loose upon the world and left to the demands of a fervent customer base.
2017 ended on a pretty bad note for Apple after a major security exploit was discovered in macOS and a bug in iOS 11 led to iPhones randomly restarting for millions of users out there. As if this was not already enough, the company also confirmed that it intentionally slows down older iPhones due to their degrading batteries. This led to thousands of iPhone owners flocking to various Apple forums online to express their displeasure and how they felt cheated by the company.
It has been just over a year since Apple announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, in which the company officially ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack from its iPhone lineup.
Coming out of the holidays, you might need an article to get you back into the groove of browsing the web, and it looks like Fortune has just the ticket, especially if you have an opinion on Apple’s design quality recently.