HomePod

  • Apple pushes HomePod release to early 2018

    Apple pushes HomePod release to early 2018

    So much for the holiday rush. Apple announced this morning that its premium HomePod smart speaker won’t be making the company’s initial December ship date. According to a brief statement issued by the company, the production process needs “a little more time” to bake. A spokesperson told TechCrunch, “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod… Read More

  • Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers

    Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers

    The smart home assistant race has been building to a fever pitch over the course of the last couple of years. Things really came to head this past two weeks, when Amazon, Google and Sonos all held big events highlighting their latest smart speaker plays, making the already busy field a heck of a lot more crowded. The burgeoning category can be a tough one to navigate. A lot of picking the… Read More

  • Google’s Home Max brings premium audio to its Assistant speaker

    Google’s Home Max brings premium audio to its Assistant speaker

    Google Home is getting bigger, in more ways than one: Google announced a few updates for its smart home speaker line, and one is the Home Max, a larger version that packs in stereo speakers and more premium looks and materials. The new, larger Home speaker is clearly intended to be an answer to critics who suggested the original Home lacked good audio quality (myself included) by providing… Read More

  • Alexa and Google Assistant HomePod competitors are coming from Sony, Harman and more

    Alexa and Google Assistant HomePod competitors are coming from Sony, Harman and more

    Berlin’s big IFA trade show doesn’t officially open until tomorrow, but the announcements have already started pouring out of the show that’s come to be known as the “CES of Europe.” The event’s late-August/early-September timing has been a big part of its increasing relevance in recent years, as companies use the platform to debut wares in time for the… Read More

  • Putting the voice assistant speaker craze in context

    Putting the voice assistant speaker craze in context

    If you believe the hype, homes in the US are already lousy with speakers containing embodied AI — the most high profile being Amazon’s Echo, in its various incarnations, whose Alexa voice assistant can be commanded to do things like play music, answer trivia questions or tap into third party apps. But the truth is… Read More

  • HomePod firmware hints at upcoming Apple TV with 4K support

    HomePod firmware hints at upcoming Apple TV with 4K support

    Last week, Apple accidentally released a firmware for the HomePod. This file is filled with references to unreleased Apple devices. According to strings in a library file spotted by Guilherme Rambo, the next Apple TV is going to support 4K videos as well as Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma. Read More

  • How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

    How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

    Apple reported its earnings this week, and with a surprisingly positive report the shares spiked again as Apple signaled a potential huge iPhone release. With that jump, Apple’s market cap is now over $800 billion. This year alone, shares of Apple are up almost 35%. If Apple’s promise plays out — or exceeds — what Wall Street hopes for the September quarter, we may soon… Read More

  • HomePod firmware reveals iPhone 8 design and facial recognition

    HomePod firmware reveals iPhone 8 design and facial recognition

    Last week, Apple released the firmware of its upcoming smart speaker, the HomePod. It sounds like it was pushed out a bit earlier than expected as it isn’t supposed to come out until later this year. Steve Troughton-Smith took advantage of that to find out that the next iPhone is going to feature facial recognition and a brand new “bezel-less” design. Patents and previous… Read More

  • Apple’s HomePod is a cautious approach to the connected home

    Apple’s HomePod is a cautious approach to the connected home

    The new HomePod sounds great. I walked away from WWDC impressed with the full and rich sound the company has managed to get out of such a small form factor. There’s nice hardware on-board and a lot happening on the back end to create an optimal audio experience, including a six-mic array that sonically maps the room the speaker is in. Other smart home hubs like the Echo – and… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Everything WWDC 2017

    Apple releases iOS 11 High Sierra, the iMac gets a hefty update and a pro model, new hardware — the HomePod speaker, Apple updates the iPad Pro, we get some new laptop specs and TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino joins us to tell us his thoughts on everything. All this on Crunch Report. Read More