One of the major gripes with HomePod users is that they couldn’t set Spotify or other third-party services as default. Thankfully Apple has addressed the shortcoming and HomePod now lets you change default services across different categories.
HomePod, Apple’s Siri-powered smart speaker, is currently sold out on Apple’s online store. There can be a multitude of reasons behind the HomePod being marked as sold out, including supply-chain issues or Apple possibly planning on launching a refreshed version of the smart speaker in the near future.
The HomePod has so far been running a cut down version of iOS which Apple refers to as HomePod software. However, with the recent HomePod Software 13.4 update, Apple has made a major underlying change to how its smart speaker works. The HomePod OS is now based on tvOS instead of iOS.
Apple has decided to offer HomePods at a discount to its employees. The HomePod retails at $299 but Apple retail and corporate employees can buy it for $149 which translates to a 50 percent discount on retail price.
Apple recently launched the updated MacBook Air and the iPad Pro with massive upgrades, but the company isn’t done yet. While we know that new iPhones are coming later this year, a new report states that the Cupertino-based firm will launch more updated products, including the new Apple TV and refreshed iMacs before the end of this year.
Although Apple’s first smart speaker has the best audio quality among all the rivals, it didn’t turn out to be as successful as the company had expected, mostly due to the lack of enough features. However, the company is testing out various features that it could integrate into future versions of HomePods.
Digital Assistants have picked up several smart features in the recent past and Siri is no different. However, despite all the advance features, there are some niggles for HomePod users. It is very common for Siri to shout at you via HomePods. Ideally, HomePod should adjust the volume depending on ambient temperature but the feature doesn’t seem to work that well.
Apple has finally launched its first smart speaker in India, nearly two years after its international debut. The Apple HomePod is now listed on the company’s website for the Indian market.
Alongside iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 updates, the Cupertino-based tech giant has also released new OS updates for the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and the Apple HomePod today.
If you’ve been waiting for the Apple HomePod to pop up in Black Friday deals, your wish just has come real, at least if you live in the US.