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Apple HomePod sales

Another report says Apple’s HomePod sales have been disappointing

April 12th, 2018

Late last night, Bloomberg‘s Apple-watcher Mark Gurman reported that HomePod sales have been well under expectations, and Apple has had to cut production as stock piles up in stores. Early this morning, the China Times followed up with a similar story with a very similar message: The HomePod is in trouble. According to the China Times, Apple has …

HomePod price vs Amazon Echo

A $150 HomePod might launch later this year

March 7th, 2018

Apple’s shiny new HomePod was met with a decidedly tepid response when it finally launched last month. Whether the high price, unfinished features, or furniture-destroying base were to blame we will never know, but a rumor from Taiwan suggests the HomePod will get a second chance later this year. A report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News suggests that …

HomePod Rings vs Sonos One

Apple ‘didn’t test the HomePod enough,’ design experts claim

February 19th, 2018

The HomePod, a $349 smart speaker that signaled Apple’s opening salvo in the war against Amazon Echo and Google Home, is off to a bad start. Despite reviews that stressed fantastic sound from such a small speaker, the HomePod failed to sell out, likely hurt by a poor voice assistant and a lack of standard features …

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New teardown reveals Apple’s HomePod costs $216 to make

February 15th, 2018

While Apple typically enjoys healthy margins across its entire product line, the recently released HomePod isn’t exactly positioned as a huge profit-maker for the Cupertino-based company. According to a recent teardown analysis conducted by TechInsights and provided to Bloomberg, Apple’s new smart speaker costs approximately $216 to make. With a base price of $349, some …

Apple HomePod vs Sonos One

Apple isn’t the only company that has problems with speaker design

February 15th, 2018

Yesterday, we learned that Apple’s HomePod, a $349 smart speaker designed to fit in with your other luxurious home furnishings, leaves a white stain on some types of wooden surfaces. Apple admitted to the flaw straight away, suggested it wasn’t “unusual,” and suggested that anyone worried about their kitchen counters should put the HomePod on …

Apple HomePod Review: white ring on furniture

Apple confirms the HomePod can leave permanent marks on wood furniture

February 14th, 2018

Since being officially released last week, Apple’s $349 HomePod has earned rave reviews for packing excellent sound quality into such a small speaker. But the verdict on the rest of the HomePod’s features hasn’t been quite so enthusiastically good, and now a new problem with the design has emerged. First highlighted by Pocket-Lint and The Wirecutter, and now …