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Apple should focus on improving HomePod software before launching new models

Added 08-11-22 09:31:01pm EST - “Apple's smart speaker HomePod has been available on the market for some time now, but it has never been considered a success like iPhone, Apple Watch, or even AirPods. Still, rumors suggest that Apple has been working on new HomePod…” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Apple should focus on improving HomePod software before launching new models”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple’s smart speaker HomePod has been available on the market for some time now, but it has never been considered a success like iPhone, Apple Watch, or even AirPods. Still, rumors suggest that Apple has been working on new HomePod models. While having new HomePods would be great, I believe Apple should focus on improving the software on the current HomePods.

Apple’s strategy with the HomePod is somewhat confusing. First, the company introduced an impressive smart speaker in terms of sound quality. However, when it comes to the HomePod software and smart features, HomePod was clearly behind its competitors. More than that, the product was considerably more expensive than other smart speakers.

The impressive sound quality of the original HomePod wasn’t enough to convince people that they needed to buy one – or more than one. At the same time, Apple itself never seemed to have much faith in the product. The first generation HomePod was only released in a very few countries.

Then the HomePod mini came as a cheaper alternative to the original HomePod, which was later discontinued. Unlike its larger-sized brother, HomePod mini is not exactly a hi-fi sound speaker. However, it is much cheaper and still has smart features thanks to the HomePod software, which was supposed to make it more appealing to consumers.

I’ve bought a few HomePods mini since its launch in 2020 to put them all over my apartment. And while I see potential in the HomePod mini, there’s a lot Apple should do before thinking about introducing a new HomePod.

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