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 • 433

  • Ba Nana
    Ba Nana  2 days 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  1 weeks back


      • Kabooma1
        Kabooma1  1 weeks back

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

        • Nat Caruso
          Nat Caruso  2 weeks back

          homepod sucks when it came out and sucks now!

          • Mark Mathosian
            Mark Mathosian  2 weeks back

            Well thought out presentation. Thanks. 👍

            • O CÍRCULO
              O CÍRCULO  2 weeks 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 weeks 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  3 weeks 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 weeks back

                    Great video... well done!!

                    • John Smith
                      John Smith  3 weeks 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 weeks back

                        Great points, put across perfectly!

                        • Thorbjørn
                          Thorbjørn  3 weeks back

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

                          • myHomeKithome
                            myHomeKithome  4 weeks back

                            How do you think a HomePod Pro would manifest itself?

                            • Beast Laser
                              Beast Laser  4 weeks back

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

                              • Jake N.
                                Jake N.  4 weeks back

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

                                • rsk171
                                  rsk171  4 weeks 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  4 weeks 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  4 weeks back

                                      Supernatural fan?😂

                                      • railerswim
                                        railerswim  4 weeks 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  4 weeks back

                                          Any supernatural fans here? 😏

                                          • Brian Swails
                                            Brian Swails  1 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  1 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  1 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  1 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.

                                                  • I’m Jeffrey
                                                    I’m Jeffrey  1 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  1 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  1 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  1 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  1 months back


                                                            • Pete Paddick
                                                              Pete Paddick  1 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  1 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  1 months back

                                                                  Maybe you should work for Apple then

                                                                  • Canosis Plays
                                                                    Canosis Plays  1 months back

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

                                                                    • clive marshall
                                                                      clive marshall  1 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  1 months back

                                                                        Very interesting and enlightening.

                                                                        • John C. Hardy
                                                                          John C. Hardy  1 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.

                                                                          • Gaj
                                                                            Gaj  1 months back

                                                                            Give it Bluetooth and a 3.5mm jack, I'm not buying a speaker locked to Apple.

                                                                            • Greg K
                                                                              Greg K  1 months back

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

                                                                              • Frostie-Flake
                                                                                Frostie-Flake  1 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  1 months back

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

                                                                                  • France Allard
                                                                                    France Allard  1 months back

                                                                                    Yeah totally man!

                                                                                    • Jason Chatelin
                                                                                      Jason Chatelin  1 months back

                                                                                      your fucking annoying

                                                                                      • adazacom
                                                                                        adazacom  1 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  4 weeks 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  1 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  1 months back

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

                                                                                        • maleek williams
                                                                                          maleek williams  1 months back

                                                                                          Don’t get a HomePod . Overpriced /Overrated . Get a sound bar

                                                                                          • Big Mick
                                                                                            Big Mick  1 months back

                                                                                            Sorry but you missed the whole point of the HomePod.....
                                                                                            It is not and never was meant to be a competitor to Alexa or Google .

                                                                                            The Homepod is first and foremost a high fidelity compact smart speaker. It's first and major mission is to provide high fidelity music in a small package with an assistant to handle the controls and music selections .
                                                                                            A very distant second is a smart speaker that can do basic things with SIRI.

                                                                                            Check out the forums.......95% of the owners want it for a great high fidelity experience.
                                                                                            Siri doesn't matter much for most.....

                                                                                            • Big Mick
                                                                                              Big Mick  4 weeks back

                                                                                              "Some People" is not who I purchased not one, but two HomePods for.......
                                                                                              I've had them over 1-year and they are perfect for my use....I already have a nice high-end surround sound system. That is not what I was looking for when purchasing the Homepods. Where and how I use them, they are perfect for me.........

                                                                                              "Some people" can say my $30K BMW motorcycle is crazy.......but not for me or my wife. The fun, enjoyment, and stress reliever have paid for it several times over.

                                                                                              That's why there are choices in this world.....get what works for YOU.
                                                                                              Rene Ritchie stated HIS opinion in this's not the same as my opinion. 

                                                                                              Over and out.....

                                                                                            • Sean Godsell
                                                                                              Sean Godsell  1 months back

                                                                                              +Big Mick the price of two Homepods is now in the territory of home theater systems. A theater system supports surround sound and allows way more devices to connect to it, including not only your TV, but game consoles, cable box, Apple TV, or other devices. The HomePods only allow AirPlay. So if you wanted a better stereo system with surround sound, then a home theater system is much better, and it's roughly the same price as two HomePods. But I guess you knew that Duh! Some people would say you got ripped off. Duh!

                                                                                            • Big Mick
                                                                                              Big Mick  1 months back

                                                                                              Point? Just like any other speaker you normally need two of them to produce stereo sound.......pretty obvious. Even my high buck Klipsch speakers need two for stereo! Duh..... :-)

                                                                                            • Sean Godsell
                                                                                              Sean Godsell  1 months back

                                                                                              You have to buy two HomePods if you want stereo sound.

                                                                                          • Jeremy Jo
                                                                                            Jeremy Jo  1 months back

                                                                                            The Homepod sound just kicks a$$! I bought two for how great the sound is not to have the speakers act as my assistant, or do other things using third party apps. I already have Siri on the iPhone which I always have in hand or in my pant pocket. I don't think Apple created the Homepod to do more than produce its great sound.

                                                                                            • Archie Garcia
                                                                                              Archie Garcia  1 months back

                                                                                              Every Apple employee needs to watch this