Fixing HomePod for 2019

  • Published: 05 January 2019
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    Apple brought an expensive speaker to a commodity assistant war. That was pretty much the narrative around HomePod in 2018. It nailed the computational audio model and AirPlay 2, when that part finally arrived, but a lot of people were too busy throwing cheap, ok-enough sounding, but super smart Amazon or Google boxes into damn near every room in their house to notice.

    But now Apple has John Giannandrea, Google’s former head of Machine Intelligence and Search, on their executive team, and things could finally — huge emphasis on the could and finally — be getting much better for Siri.

    What could all that mean for HomePod 2? And what about HomePod mini, HomeBar, and HomePad?


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Comments • 438

  • Me Tooo
    Me Tooo  1 weeks back

    Great video

    • Ted S
      Ted S  3 weeks back

      Your talking to the wrong people. Tell Apple your ideas, not me. I do use and still enjoy my iMac computer. But long ago I got off the iPhone and iPad merry-go-round. Right now, the value of my dollar stretches farther with Amazon. An Echo Dot and pair of powered speakers outperforms a HomePod IMO. My Moto Android phone outperforms my last iPhone of a couple of years ago (probably 20 versions ago now), and it cost 80% less. Still, I'll certainly consider Apple again when the value is there.

      • David
        David  4 weeks back

        I have 6 AirPods

        • littlerascle59
          littlerascle59  1 months back

          The sound quality is superb but I just can’t justify that price with its extreme limitations.

          • Zulkifli Mohd
            Zulkifli Mohd  2 months back

            Steve sold a speaker , it bombed
            Tim sold a home pod ... it bomber and it is not sold in every country
            I think Apple expected it to Bomb

            For the price , there are better quality sound speakers.

            • 1800 sodirty
              1800 sodirty  2 months back

              I bought it yesterday and to be honest it sounds okay. The single channel limited it and I don’t think the smart reflection did much to make it sound more than one single speaker. Any decent stereos would be a whole lot better, maybe it’s just me, I find two channels to be very crucial. And I can only enjoy it when I sit right in the middle of the two speakers.

              • Jin Luncheonmeats
                Jin Luncheonmeats  2 months back

                All I know is this: I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WANT AMAZON OR GOOGLE IN MY HOUSE!!

                • Kabooma1
                  Kabooma1  2 months back

                  I would never take home pod over a Sonos system. Apple missed the bus on smart speakers.

                  • Nat Caruso
                    Nat Caruso  2 months back

                    homepod sucks when it came out and sucks now!

                    • Mark Mathosian
                      Mark Mathosian  2 months back

                      Well thought out presentation. Thanks. 👍

                      • O CÍRCULO
                        O CÍRCULO  2 months back

                        I sold mine for one single reason, volume is just GOOD ENOUGH... for most songs is a bit too low for movies is a joke.

                        • Amy Bradley
                          Amy Bradley  2 months back

                          Bought mine for a great speaker and it was only one to use Apple Music iTunes. I didn’t get it for an assistant.

                          • tvira959
                            tvira959  2 months back

                            I purchased for the incredible audio. Didn’t even consider using Siri for assistance. Unbelievably AWFUL. HomePod is also very convenient when used as speaker phone. Callers could not detect the speaker phone mode and claimed the quality was excellent. I use Echo Dot 2nd generation for typical inquiries such as weather, sports scores, an occasional spell check and control command for lighting. The quality of the voice is excellent . I also purchased Echo Dot 3, which has too much bass to he point I cannot understand the answer to questions. I adjusted the equalizer which did not improve the quality.

                            • Damien Hanlon
                              Damien Hanlon  3 months back

                              Great video... well done!!

                              • John Smith
                                John Smith  3 months back

                                Rene you missed the entire point of why google home minis and echo dots are selling. its not the sound quality, its a quick, cheap (high quality product for its price) and very smart assistant. siri on homepod cant even do basic things that the google home mini or alexa can do.

                                • Virru112
                                  Virru112  3 months back

                                  Great points, put across perfectly!

                                  • Thorbjørn
                                    Thorbjørn  3 months back

                                    Privacy costs, sadly Siri is safe, and dumb. The sound is amazing though.

                                    • myHomeKithome
                                      myHomeKithome  3 months back

                                      How do you think a HomePod Pro would manifest itself?

                                      • Beast Laser
                                        Beast Laser  3 months back

                                        I think I’m going to invest in this , I don’t want the JBL.

                                        • Jake N.
                                          Jake N.  3 months back

                                          My iPad’s Siri picks up my calm voice even from across the room, I love those mics integrated in it.

                                          • rsk171
                                            rsk171  3 months back

                                            Apple should see this video. The things he mentioned can make it the perfect apple product. Ecosystem, simplicity, clean and smart product.

                                            • Robin Vikström
                                              Robin Vikström  3 months back

                                              I hardly doubt two HomePods could replace a Playbar, a bass module and two Play:3's. In fact, I've never doubted anything harder in my life. Sounds like someone got bought.

                                              • Goodlife
                                                Goodlife  3 months back

                                                Supernatural fan?😂

                                                • railerswim
                                                  railerswim  3 months back

                                                  3:51, I’m betting you had an Onkyo from 2014 to 2016, those had loads of HDMI board issues. Which affected more than the HDCP handshake. You didn’t fall for Hollywood bs (even though HDCP is a PITA).

                                                  Should go for a Denon or Marantz next time. Sound bars are inferior, convenient, but still inferior in audio quality.

                                                  Also look into buying your AVR from a store like Nebraska Furniture Mart, or Best Buy, or from a local audio shop. They should offer a cheap extended warranty. I have a 3 year extended warranty on my AVR. It’s just a 7.1 set but, I’ll be using in the living room instead of the den by the time that runs out. Plus I know of a handful of audio shops where I live that get in parts for AVRs with fried HDMI boards that will fix them for you.

                                                  • Sondant
                                                    Sondant  3 months back

                                                    Any supernatural fans here? 😏

                                                    • Brian Swails
                                                      Brian Swails  3 months back

                                                      Multi user voice support, smarter Siri and drop in calling features like Alexa. Also Apple introducing a HIFI quality stream for Apple Music

                                                      • Sudo Nym
                                                        Sudo Nym  3 months back

                                                        Please, Siri, I need you to be able to play UK radio stations without having to AirPlay them.
                                                        Be smart, like Google home.
                                                        I'd love to have Siri instead!

                                                        • chemicalsam
                                                          chemicalsam  3 months back

                                                          They really just need to make a cheaper version, the cost is insane. No one cares if it sounds marginally better than others. People want a cheap smart speaker for every room in the house like Echo Dots.

                                                          • andy costin
                                                            andy costin  3 months back

                                                            I think Samsung adopting airplay2 will vastly improve the limitations of the HomePod. I can’t wait to have my tv playing through two of them.

                                                            • Jeffrey O
                                                              Jeffrey O  3 months back

                                                              The reason I love Apple after all these years is because they always put out great products and they keep making them better with one is ever correct with there thoughts on “what Apple should do” ....never.

                                                              • Your Lord and Savior
                                                                Your Lord and Savior  3 months back

                                                                HomePod is the worst of both worlds. For people who care about music quality and wants the better voice assistant, Amazon Echo is better when hooked up to a stereo system. For people who are more casual and simple, then again Amazon Echo is the better choice. Alexa is better than Siri, and Echo can use all sorts of music streaming services.

                                                                • Your Lord and Savior
                                                                  Your Lord and Savior  3 months back

                                                                  It’s funny how all the Apple tech channels release videos talking about Apple products on the exact same day. First it was “IPhone XR one month later” and now it’s “let’s talk about HomePod months later.” It’s not much of a coincidence... wouldn’t this be considered a commercial in a way?

                                                                  • Dominic Go
                                                                    Dominic Go  3 months back

                                                                    One of the biggest flaws of siri right now is how fragmented it is, so yeah i agree apple should work on making siri as homogeneous as possible. I dont use siri on the mac, but i do use siri on my iphone for creating alarms and reminders etc.

                                                                    • Rocket Murphy
                                                                      Rocket Murphy  3 months back


                                                                      • Pete Paddick
                                                                        Pete Paddick  3 months back

                                                                        I have Itunes installed on my apple phone and my pc, my HomePod is situated next to my pc, I can airplay iTunes from my pc to just my HomePod or to both it and my Amplifier in the living room. We have Alexa in the kitchen and upstairs, Alexa as we all know is way smarter than Siri, but what Siri can do it does so flawlessly. Importantly and as highlighted in this video Siri is just software that can be updated and improved, that's the reason why I invested in one.

                                                                        • ahale1987
                                                                          ahale1987  3 months back

                                                                          I'm definitely in the Apple ecosystem (Mac, ATVs, Watches, iPhones, iPad, growing iTunes library, and Homekit) and I'm mostly happy (I'd love to run retro console emulators on my ATV 4K without going through the fresh hell that is side-loading, but that's a different discussion). I want to like the Homepod but there's a couple things keeping me from pulling the trigger on the HomePod. First, I already have an AW and/or iPhone on my person 98% of the time and so does my wife, so summoning Siri isn't an issue. Second, I'm not an Apple music subscriber and that seems to be the HomePod's bread & butter. Third, I don't like that anyone within earshot of the device can read back texts, email messages, etc. Fourth, as good as the audio is on the HomePod, I'd have much more use for a wireless speaker for casual listening: not a $350 speaker. For critical listening, I've already got my Sennheiser HD 380 Pro headphones. If they made a mini version, lower the price, and fix the anyone-can-read-my-stuff issue, I'd buy a several for Homekit control alone.

                                                                          I get jealous when I see how nice the Echo Show and Spot work along with the Google Home screened devices. I'd love to see Apple make something to compete with that instead of telling us to go buy an iPod Touch or an iPad mini and call it a day. I get why that won't happen, but a nerd can dream.

                                                                          • Nicholas Hawley
                                                                            Nicholas Hawley  3 months back

                                                                            Maybe you should work for Apple then

                                                                            • Canosis Plays
                                                                              Canosis Plays  3 months back

                                                                              HomeKit needs more quality peripherals then I’d be super excited about your Siri assistant dock concept.

                                                                              • clive marshall
                                                                                clive marshall  3 months back

                                                                                About time I could get other radio stations on it. Siri is rubbish it only works when it feels like it!

                                                                                • Richard Boyd
                                                                                  Richard Boyd  3 months back

                                                                                  Very interesting and enlightening.

                                                                                  • John C. Hardy
                                                                                    John C. Hardy  3 months back

                                                                                    Rene’ your right the game is still wide open Siri takes so much abuse I can wait for the day when apple announces Siri os
                                                                                    And it has a personality of it’s own it’s only a matter of time. A personal assistant where you don’t have to worry about you life being stolen and sold
                                                                                    On you.

                                                                                    • Greg K
                                                                                      Greg K  3 months back

                                                                                      Great video. Couldn’t agree more with some of your suggestions—especially on more seamless AppleTV integration.

                                                                                      • Frostie-Flake
                                                                                        Frostie-Flake  3 months back

                                                                                        The key for privacy and services is a home gateway device that has much of the voice AI/Voice prints stored in s Secure Enclave!

                                                                                        • John Cecil
                                                                                          John Cecil  3 months back

                                                                                          Hey Rene, can you start a tech company cause it'd be better than apple

                                                                                          • France Allard
                                                                                            France Allard  3 months back

                                                                                            Yeah totally man!

                                                                                            • Jason Chatelin
                                                                                              Jason Chatelin  3 months back

                                                                                              your fucking annoying

                                                                                              • adazacom
                                                                                                adazacom  3 months back

                                                                                                I have an Apple TV outputting to 2 Homepods in stereo and the sound quality is scary good. It is enough of a tv experience upgrade that I happy with it, even though the AppleTV-Homepod connection breaks if I try to do anything fancy like airplay. Hopefully this will be fixed, eventually. The connection is easily re-stablished with a swipe down on the Apple tv remote, so it is just irritating, not a showstopper.

                                                                                                • adazacom
                                                                                                  adazacom  3 months back

                                                                                                  If you haven't heard two homepods in stereo, one on each side of a TV, you shouldn't call it stupid. The sound is almost uncomfortably hi fidelity. "Wait, is there someone in the house?" Sure, I could have gone 5.1 home theatre and maybe ended up with better surround sound, but it wouldn't have been cheaper, it would have been painful to install, would taken up a lot of space and provided unsightly cables and a lot of shit to trip over.

                                                                                                  90% of our TV time is Netflix on Apple TV and the other 10% is iTunes on Apple TV. I wanted better sound. I bought home 2 homepods, plopped them on the table on either side of the TV. Poked at my phone for a bit, and I had even better sound than I hoped for. I am very happy. But it would be even nicer if I could airplay to the Apple TV without being uncertain whether the homepods were going to play the sound or the tv would.

                                                                                                • Sean Godsell
                                                                                                  Sean Godsell  3 months back

                                                                                                  If you bought two Homepods to get stereo sound and use AirPlay for your Apple TV that is one thing, but that means you paid $700 USD or $900 CAD, and now you are into home theater systems which allow a number of devices to into them. Including not only your TV, but Apple TV, game console and more. So buying two Homepods is really stupid, and limiting only AirPlay devices to connect to those HomePods. If you only own Apple and nothing else, then I guess your good to go.

                                                                                              • Brendan
                                                                                                Brendan  3 months back

                                                                                                This video is awful you can't speak and you make absolutely terrible points.