Amazon and Google have the reputation for selling smart speakers with far more features than Apple's HomePod. Yet Apple's brilliant music player is really a powerful device that just needs an App Store to make it the smartest speaker of them all.
In a bid to enhance its in-house Alexa voice recognition technology, Amazon reportedly employs thousands of people around the world to listen, transcribe and annotate audio clips recorded by Echo devices.
Tips: It's easy to use AirPlay with a radio station's stream, but with a few steps, and an app or two, you can turn Apple's HomePod in conjunction with your iPhone or iPad into a fantastic, and flexible radio player.
Apple doesn't promote this and it wasn't available when HomePod first launched, but since iOS 12 you've been able to ignore your iPhone and make or receive all your calls through the company's smart speaker.
Apple has made another change to the British voice of Siri on its devices, with iOS and HomePod users now able to hear an updated version of the female voice following similar upgrades recently made to the male version in February.
Friday deals are in effect now with some of the lowest prices seen to date on popular hardware. From 2018 256GB 11-inch iPad Pros for $799 ($150 off), to current 12-inch MacBooks for $799, and Apple's 32GB iPhone SE with 60 days of service for $101.99 with coupon, these deals are valid for a limited time only while supplies last.
Smart speakers such as the HomePod have helped almost double the global shipments of the product category in the fourth quarter of 2018, but while Apple's speaker is seeing increased sales, it is seemingly falling behind its rivals in terms of overall market share.
The HomePod took 6 percent of the install base for U.S. smartspeakers in the December quarter, new research data claims, illustrating the uphill battle Apple faces versus Amazon and Google in an emergent marketplace flooded with cheaper alternatives.
New Apple deals have arrived just in time for Valentine's Day. Pick up an Apple iPad or HomePod for just $279 (up to $70 off). Meanwhile, current non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pros are marked down to $1,199 — and B&H has limited stock available of the 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro with 1TB of space and Radeon 560 graphics (now just $2,599 with a free sleeve).
Shedding light on Apple's hardware pricing strategy, and offering a glimpse into the company's push into services, blogger John Gruber claims the tech giant sells the current generation Apple TV 4K at cost and the HomePod at a loss.
While supplies last, Amazon-owned Woot has refurbished 9.7-inch iPad Pros marked down to just $299.99. Need more space? Upgraded 128GB Wi-Fi models are also on sale for $359.99, a discount of $390 off original MSRP. Apple's HomePod is also marked down to $296.10 with coupon today only, bringing the total savings to $54 off.
Apple's HomePod starts with a simple setup and it ends with you forgetting you didn't always have music surrounding you. In between, though, there are details to consider about that first setup and many options for when you move the HomePod to a new room. AppleInsider takes a dive into the use of Apple's latest speaker.
Amazon owned Woot is kicking off the weekend with an aggressive discount on refurbished HomePods, delivering the lowest price anywhere on the smart speaker. Save $110 with free shipping for Prime members.