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Apple reportedly cuts HomePod orders after disappointing early sales

By midian182 · 5 replies
Apr 12, 2018
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  1. Back when it launched a few months ago, not every reviewer was a fan of Apple’s entry into the smart speaker market, but the HomePod’s strong pre-orders and initial sales figures were promising. Now, however, it seems the device isn’t selling as well as Apple hoped.

    Citing a person familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that Apple has lowered sales forecasts and cut orders with Inventec, one of the HomePod’s manufacturers.

    During the HomePod’s first 10 weeks of sales, it eked out 10 percent of the smart speaker market, compared with 73 percent for Amazon’s Echo devices and 14 percent for the Google Home, according to Slice Intelligence. Three weeks after the launch, weekly HomePod sales slipped to about 4 percent of the smart speaker category on average, the market research firm says.

    Additionally, Apple store workers say that HomePod inventory continues to grow, with some locations selling fewer than ten units each day.

    Its limited artificial intelligence abilities, high price, and tight integration with Apple’s ecosystem made the HomePod a difficult sell for all but the most ardent Apple fans. And the post-release “Ring Gate” incident, in which the device’s silicon base was found to leave white marks on some treated wooden surfaces, certainly hasn’t helped sales

    It’s still too early to label the HomePod a total flop. A future software update is set to address some of the complaints directed against the speaker, such as the lack of multiroom audio and the inability to pair them in a stereo setup. Further improvements to digital assistant Siri could also help boost future HomePod sales.

    Apple has not commented on the report.

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  2. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +270

    The device sounds GREAT, but its dumb as a box of rocks. Locking it down to their ecosystem is a big problem for most people, though I have one buddy who absolutely gushes about the device.
     
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  3. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,070   +1,548

    Maybe there is hope for iSheep after all, either that, or the smart box on the home desk fad is fading.
     
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,351   +1,133

    Yeah the Speaker does sound absolutely incredible for it's size. I was actually quite blown away with it's sound quality (partly because Apple made it and I wasn't expecting anything this good), smaller than a Sonos One and I personally thought it sounded slightly better.

    The issue Apple has is the forced integration with AirPlay. Had they got rid of the Microphones and Siri, Added Bluetooth (With AptX Support) or a more universal WiFi connection (Like Sonos, Bose, Devialet etc... do) And lower the price from £320 to £250 and they would sell a lot more of these.
     
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,705   +988

    Gee, you mean there IS something people don't want, just because you stick a dumb apple logo on it?
     
    wiyosaya likes this.
  6. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 709   +445

    Another dust bin bites the dust.
     

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