What the f**k Apple?!

Feb 6, 2018 36 Comments

The reviews for the HomePod are terrible! What is going on over at Apple? You're releasing a late product with A quarter of the promised features.. anyone here work on that product?

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  • Apple / Eng
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    Anybody with an iPhone should know what to expect from Siri and would probably assume Siri on HomePod to be more or less a bit more smarter with respect to specific HomePod and music listening use cases. So I honestly don’t get the surprise that Siri isn’t as capable as they’re expecting. What are you really buying? You’re buying superior sound hardware. That’s what you’re buying. Apple made this thing primarily for music, and IoT/Digital assistant use cases will follow....hopefully....with better and extensible HomeKit and SiriKit features.
    Feb 6, 2018 7
    • Amazon / Mktg Yeppp
      I’ve had an iPhone for over 6 years. I can’t say I’ve ever used Siri intentionally.
      Feb 6, 2018
    • AT&T / Eng
      DDM2K

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      Yeppp,

      Same except for basic simple commands while driving. Saves me a few distracted flicks and presses.

      “Hey Siri, play some country music”
      (Mixed artists)

      “Hey Siri, play some Soundgarden”
      (Single artist, mixed songs)

      “Hey Siri, play Hook by Blues Traveler”
      (Song by artist)

      “Hey Siri, call Travis B______ mobile”

      That’s about the extent of what I’ve asked of Siri.
      Feb 7, 2018
    • Apple / Eng
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      Yep. I also use Siri also for driving directions. Yes I’m that adventurous with Apple maps. Honestly I have lots of data on this compared with Waze and google. I make reminders and notes with Siri as well. Not sure what else she really does.
      Feb 7, 2018
    • IBM IB M
      I think Apple Maps has really improved. I use it over Waze and Google maps as well.. more reliable routes for sure.
      Feb 8, 2018
    • Apple / Eng
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      I’ve been launching all 3 at the beginning of my commute and picking one and rotating every day. What I’ve found over the past few months is they are all within 4 minutes apart of their actual ETA. So Apple maps does pretty well on the routing side. But when we do get that outlier, it can be very bad. Honestly the same thing happens with Google. Just the other day it gave me a route that was 45 minutes longer for no apparent reason. I laughed and went with Waze. In truth, it seems like the worse off the traffic gridlock is the more unreliable the maps are. But we do reasonably well from my experience. Google seems to leverage historical traffic weights more in their ranking than others. Waze is just all over the place as they leverage real time social signals more.

      Must be interesting to work on this stuff.
      Feb 8, 2018
  • Hitachi Vantara / Product
    iotpm

    Hitachi Vantara Product

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    You forgot the exorbitant price
    Feb 6, 2018 2
    • OP
      That I expect from Apple. I dont mind paying a premium for brilliance. This is less than mediocre.
      Feb 6, 2018
    • VMware / Eng nonamehere
      Brilliance? It’s already been done before by every other big company. And better...
      Feb 6, 2018
  • Lyft
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    I’ve only heard amazing reviews about the sound quality and how they’re using computation audio to make the listening experience phenomenal. I’d love to read the bad reviews to get a more even perspective. Can you post a few?
    Feb 6, 2018 1
    • OP
      Just hit youtube and search 'homepod review'
      Feb 6, 2018
  • Flagged by the community.

    • Apple hitthet
      Bitter much? If you try harder next time, the interview will go better.
      Feb 6, 2018
    • Apple vRaN64
      ^ LMAO
      Feb 6, 2018
  • Apple rndEuler
    It is not shipped yet. Anyone has hands on experience rather than some reviews?
    Feb 6, 2018 4
    • Apple / Eng
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      I think the reviews are very fair. No Spotify support? Locked in only to Apple Music walled gardens? They need to open it up pronto. And not be able to detect personal voices is a glaring privacy hole. Need to disable that option by default until it’s supported.

      Fix those two and it’s probably the best speaker to buy if you care at all about music. If all you want is a digital assistant, get an Echo dot for fiddy bucks.

      I think the features will come. I ordered mine and will get it this Friday.
      Feb 6, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

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      Making/taking phone calls, pairing with android phones, Bluetooth speaker seem to be other points of contention.
      Feb 6, 2018
    • Apple / Eng
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      Yeah. Agree there as well. At launch, it’s quite limited to just Apple users with just Apple Music. Apple will have to do better.
      Feb 6, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

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      I have faith in them, I just think it’s a bit premature. I’m not sure if Siri will catch up to GA or Alexa I. The short term, but other things like Spotify, pairing with non-Apple devices and such seem pretty reasonable expectations.
      Feb 6, 2018
  • AT&T / Eng
    DDM2K

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    Why the fuck isn’t the Nest compatible with Apple HomeKit?
    Feb 6, 2018 2
    • OP
      Cos its Googles shit
      Feb 6, 2018
    • AT&T / Eng
      DDM2K

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      Yeah. Amazon wasn’t too proud to add it for Alexa. Forgot Nest was a G product for a second.

      Wait, don’t they sell Nest in Apple stores?
      Feb 6, 2018
  • Google Appie
    Did you expect it to be good?
    Feb 6, 2018 1
    • MongoDB
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      I expected sound quality to be good, but for AI I was never sure.
      Feb 6, 2018
  • Apple / Eng Ludacris
    It’s not “siri on a speaker” it’s “a speaker that has siri” - it’s first and foremost for listening to music.
    Feb 6, 2018 0
  • Apple blurr
    The reviews are 100% positive on sound quality. Siri is lacking but i think Apple has to work on making siri competitive enough in the coming years. But that will be software upgrades.
    Feb 6, 2018 0
  • New / Eng mochaccino
    Sonos One FTW, or Play:5 to really rock the house. Works with Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, Tidal, and Apple Music too.
    Feb 8, 2018 0
  • Visa Yogic
    Siri came out way back and they took this long to come up with this
    Feb 6, 2018 0
  • Visa Yogic
    Siri is so primitive! It is the new internet explorer. Comes from an Apple fan 😞 . Bored of Apple products. Agree, they look fancy but not the best. I love my Alexa more.
    Feb 7, 2018 1
    • Apple hitthet
      What are the things you wished siri would have done for you?
      Feb 8, 2018
  • Capital One / Eng
    Ghaura

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    Ghauramore
    How is the sound compared to Sonos play5? I
    Feb 6, 2018 1
  • Give them some time, they 2-3 years behind. Remember how shitty was first Apple watch - now it’s best device on a market
    Feb 11, 2018 0
  • Apple nickrhoads
    I’ll wait till the second version comes out where I do not need to have my iOS device just to use it.
    Feb 7, 2018 0

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