Rumor: Apple to offer cheaper smart speaker under Beats name

Rumor: Apple to offer cheaper smart speaker under Beats name
According to Strategy Analytics, of the 9.2 million smart speakers shipped in the first quarter, the Apple HomePod accounted for only 600,000 of those units. That gave Apple 6% of the market from January through March, behind Amazon's 43.6% and Google's 26.5%. There are a few reasons for this. Apple is late to the market, and at $349, the device is not cheap. In addition, Siri's capabilities pale in comparison to Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant.

According to a rumor from the Taiwan supply chain, Apple plans on offering a cheaper smart speaker that will be priced at $199. And the rumor goes on to add that the device will be released under the Beats name. This makes sense for a few reasons. Half of a smart speaker is a speaker, and Beats' headset technology might be useful here. In addition, keeping the Apple name off a cheaper smart speaker differentiates it from the HomePod.

If the HomePod does have an advantage over the competition, it is the speaker, which contains a 4-inch woofer and 7 tweeters. It also optimizes the audio output to the size of the room in which the device sits. But it is worth remembering that the speaker makes up only half of a smart speaker, and compared to the competition, Siri just isn't smart enough.

source: Loveios via BGR

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16 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Siri needs to do more, and the HomePod needs to be cheaper. It’s not a proven household name, like iPhone or iPad, and can’t command their premium pricing. If Samsung can incorporate Bixby’s command execution into a home speaker, Apple will need to match that. It’s time for Apple to cut the trickle feeding of features, and just drop the hammer...They’re way too capable not to. I love Apple as a company, but damn, just stuff in the features, and let us use what we want. If I buy a HomePod, it’ll be on Craigslist or Offer Up.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7028; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The price is ridiculous for the amount of features Apples Homepod gives you. It isn't even stereo sound. Plus it's only tied to Apple and only their services. The funny thing is Apple already sells beats Bluetooth stereo speakers at a fraction of the Homepod. Even that allows anything to connect to it. Darkkjeddii the problem with Siri is Apple backed themselves up into a corner. They are all about privacy, and they said they won't use their customers data, but if you want a smart assistant or smart speaker, then you have to give the assistant or smart speaker access to more of the customers personal data, period. Otherwise you will be stuck with dumb Siri.

3. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Thats weird.. -my friends stream their Spotify playlists through HomePod -Netflix sound through the HomePod instead of my s**t TV speaker -YouTube videos through HomePod -Baseball games through the MLB app through HomePod just to name a few.. but hey, it's "only tied through Apples services"! xD I also can stream audio from my phone through the HomePod with ZERO internet connection. It wakes me up every morning when I ask it to, it reads the forecast, and it tells me which route is better to take to work. I don't need it to make pancakes for me (Google Home and Alexa cant do this btw - I know, bummer), and I don't need it to wipe my ass either. The HomePod is perfect in my house and it's here to stay, unlike wonky Alexa i tossed. Praise Apple - I love throwing my benjis at them

5. cmdacos

Posts: 3969; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"-my friends stream their Spotify playlists through HomePod" With their phone... Like an animal... It's 2018 ffs

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

His username check out.

7. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Indeed. Yelling 100 times at a speaker during a party like you do on Google Home or Alexa (s**t speaker, not even loud enough., quality is junk anyway), is archaic. Nice one though! I forgot you sit in your room all day and dont socialize lmfao. It's 2018 FFS

10. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

https://youtu.be/WM8xZ5KNLZ4 Google Home for the win. But even I do like the homepod being round even though he is right about it looking like a roll of TP, lol

13. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Homepod is revolutionary. /s

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3969; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I can type to Google Assistant and have it play music on any of my home devices not a big deal... Keep in mind it's 2018, we can do these things now, lmao

16. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Complains about using phone, its 2018.. Brags about using phone. A true cuck lmfao. This is why no one takes you seriously lmao

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7028; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What were you expecting from iPhoneFanboy. He honestly thinks Siri is smart. Using your iPhone to change between things is smart in his eyes. Yet he hasn't seen what others can already do with just using your voice.

11. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Iphone fanboy with an iSheep rant? Shocking. I highly doubt the validity of everything you said.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Siri is limited, but still great. When I say do more, I mean like how Bixby can add filters or close apps. Siri will get an upgrade this year. We’ll see how it goes.

4. techbuttcheex

Posts: 202; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

so theyre using the beats brand to create a fake competitor to Apple lmao.

8. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

BTW. When apple says cheap it is usually on pair with Samsung or LG pricing.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Gimme gimme gimme, if the speaker is not stupidly designed, I would buy two in a heartbeat. No stupid Siri and include the Bluetooth connection (AAC, AptX etc.) and jack and I am SOLD. + It has to sound as well as original Homepod, of course.

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