HomePod

The HomePod Can Now Read the News in Canada, France, and Germany Ahead of Launch

The HomePod Can Now Read the News in Canada, France, and Germany Ahead of Launch

Back in May, it was rumored that Apple was planning on launching its first smart speaker, the HomePod, in Canada, France, and Germany before the end of June.

Apple Releases iOS 11.4 Update for the HomePod

Apple Releases iOS 11.4 Update for the HomePod

Earlier today, Apple officially released the iOS 11.4 update to the masses. With it, the company welcomed new additions like AirPlay 2.

HomePod Set to Launch in Germany, France, and Canada on June 18 [Updated]

HomePod Set to Launch in Germany, France, and Canada on June 18 [Updated]

Apple’s first smart speaker, the HomePod, went on sale in the United States earlier this year. And now the company has determined a launch window for additional markets.

iOS 11.4 Releasing Later Today with AirPlay 2; HomePod Getting Multi-Room Audio and Stereo Support

iOS 11.4 Releasing Later Today with AirPlay 2; HomePod Getting Multi-Room Audio and Stereo Support

Apple will be releasing iOS 11.4 later today along with a software update for the HomePod which will add multi-room and stereo support to the speaker. The update will also mark the release of AirPlay 2. 

New Rumor Suggests Apple’s $199 HomePod Could Have Beats Branding

New Rumor Suggests Apple’s $199 HomePod Could Have Beats Branding

The HomePod launched earlier this year with a price tag of $349, putting it at a pretty competitive price point to speakers that Apple feels are comparable in sound quality — and not so much due to its baked-in smarts.

Apple is the Fourth Largest Smart Speaker Brand Following HomePod Launch

Apple is the Fourth Largest Smart Speaker Brand Following HomePod Launch

The rumors regarding Apple’s first smart speaker haven’t been great, painting a picture that suggests the device isn’t doing so well in the sales department.

iOS 11.4 Could Add Calendar Support to Siri on the HomePod

iOS 11.4 Could Add Calendar Support to Siri on the HomePod

Apple seems to be preparing iCloud calendar integration into HomePod with the release of iOS 11.4. Ideally, this feature should have been supported on the HomePod right from day one, but nonetheless, Apple is finally getting around to adding it to its smart speaker.

Would You Buy a Cheaper HomePod?

Would You Buy a Cheaper HomePod?

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.

Analyst Echoes Expectations That Apple is Working on a Lower-Priced HomePod

Analyst Echoes Expectations That Apple is Working on a Lower-Priced HomePod

The HomePod went on sale earlier this year, and for $349 potential owners could have Apple’s first foray into the smart speaker market.

Chinese Report Also Confirms Poor HomePod Sales

Chinese Report Also Confirms Poor HomePod Sales

Corroborating a report from Bloomberg from earlier today, a new report from China claims that Apple has reduced its HomePod shipment forecast for the second quarter to 200,000 — down from the 500,000 forecast it had in the first quarter. Additionally, the company is also reducing its HomePod shipment forecast for the entire year.