Is Apple’s new talking and singing speaker a hit or a flop? HomePod is here and let’s hope you have a friend who is an early adopter to Apple toys because the only way to really give it a try is to buy it.
I tried HomePod at the Apple Store and the experience is lacking. Yes, even despite the noise of 100 customers and half as many red-shirted Apple employees, HomePod sounded pretty good. I could buy one, bring it home, try it out, and if it’s totally lacking, take it back in a few days. There is a better way.
HomePod is heavy. I mean heavy. Surprisingly heavy considering the mostly diminutive size. The sound emanating from HomePod is clear, vibrant, and loud, but without the vibrating low frequencies so desired from my generation of boomers.
We have a large, open, spacious family room in the basement. There is a television and stereo with hefty speakers that are showing their age. HomePod would fit perfectly. Actually, two HomePods would fit perfectly but stereo sound is not yet ready for prime time.
Elsewhere in the Mincey Plantation HomePods might be overkill, so I’m already looking forward to what Apple does second best. Iterative innovation. That comes after disruptive innovation. I do not see HomePad as disruptive as I do a new direction for Apple that can be summed up in a single word.
Think Beats headphones. Think AirPods. Think about the sound that comes from iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPad Pro models. Those devices can crank out the sound in a way that makes boomers smile. HomePod is about sound first, Siri and smart talk second. Apple is moving toward sound as a business. Apple Music is made for HomePod.
What’s next? What I want. HomePod mini. Think smaller version of the big sound from HomePod standard. $350 for a awesome speaker is a bargain. $199 for a mini version of what is awesome becomes an awesome price tag on a product with legs that should appeal to a larger number of Apple’s one billion customer base.
Will we get HomePod for the family room? I think so. I hope a neighbor will buy one first so I can hear it native, but I’m inclined to bite the bullet, bring one home and give it a try. I can always add the stereo counterpart when Apple gets around to it.
What we really want to see are lower priced HomePods with a similar sound but made for smaller rooms where HomePod Major is overkill. We have some of those rooms in Plantation Mincey. Two of children are in college and dorm rooms are not the place for the massive sound from the $350 HomePod. Oh, one more thing. Word on the proverbial streets is Apple is planning to do Apple-branded non-Beats headphones. Apple is moving into sound in a big way.