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311: The rocky history of HomePod

Chris C.



On The Cult Cast:

  • HomePod’s been delayed, we’ll talk about that, but Bloomberg put out an interesting piece on the history of the HomePod, and it gives previously undisclosed details of the device you may find very interesting.
  • We gotta talk about net neutrality
  • How Tesla just out Apple’d, Apple
  • Is there still a point to Apple TV?
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On the show this week:

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Net neutrality is almost dead, but we can still save it

  • FCC is about to kill Net Neutrality, and they’re calling it the Restoring internet freedom order
  • They’re currently taking our feedback into account, but the official vote for the order will be on Dec. 14th
  • Details of the new plan will were released today. The plan completely removes restrictions on throttling or prioritizing content, and explicitly allows paid prioritization of content
  • Go to It will help you take action. If will connect you to your congress person via phone and even provide you a script of what to say.

Tesla out-Apples Apple with the new Roadster “one more thing"

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker won’t be home for Christmas

  • Apple’s new Siri-powered smart speaker won’t be one of the hottest gifts of the 2017 holiday season after all.
  • The HomePod was set to launch in December 2017, but the company released a statement today saying it needs more time to make the smart speaker ready for customers.
  • “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK, and Australia in early 2018
  • When it does launch, HomePod will cost $349, making it a lot more pricey than rival smart speakers from Amazon and Google

Apple's HomePod project actually predates the Amazon Echo, but has been canceled and restarted numerous times, and has undergone radical design changes

  • HomePod has been in development since 2012, and it’s not like the Echo.
  • The engineers and designers wanted to build a really great speaker that "sounded better than the ones sold by the likes of Bose, JBL and Harman Kardon”
  • Prototypes ranged from a flat panel with a mesh screen to one measuring some three feet tall with dozens of speakers
  • In 2014, the project went from prototyping into an official endeavor
  • In that same year, Amazon released their Echo, and it reportedly blind-sided Apple’s engineers. They joked with each other that there must be mole working amongst them.

Is there still a point for Apple TV? Smart TVs now have pretty great navigation and menu systems built in. Many have Google cast built in.

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