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SpamSandwich said:I dunno... this is just part of the bizarre shortsightedness and lack of preplanning that seems to inflict Apple at times. They made a conscious decision to change the new iPhones to wireless charging, yet had no advance thoughts about manufacturing and selling these charging pads at the same time the new products went on sale.
I’m fairly certain you don’t work in product. Sometimes things don’t go the way you’ve planned or hoped. Especially with new product, which has a much higher spin-up challenge, and where basically everything that can go wrong does. Eventually all the parties involved get familiar with the new product and better at producing it.
Oh but Apple is magic and the humans working for it should be impervious to things that affect us all. Right.
Anyway, shortsighted is the last conclusion I’d draw about Apple, the only still standing computing titan from over 40 years ago, still doing what they do. They have shown time and time again to take a long view. The very opposite of shortsightedness.
Don’t quit your day job.
nht said:dick applebaum said:zoetmb said:That's not a flat frequency response. Back in the hi-fi days, the measurement (with pink noise input) had to be from 20 to 20,000 Hz +/- 3db with no more than X% distortion (preferably 1% or under).
But even if it was flat, a flat frequency response won't sound very good to most people. That's why hi-fi equipment had tone controls and loudness compensation (which increased the bass and treble at low volume levels according to the Fletcher-Munson curve and which gradually had less effect as the volume was raised).
I happened to be at an Apple store yesterday to listen to the HP. IMO, it has an over-emphasized bass. On new, digitally recorded material, it sounded pretty good. But on tracks I tried from the 1960's-1970's (which I was pleasantly surprised were in the Apple Music library), it sounded kind of dull. And while the Apple person was a bit confused and had to look things up, a single unit is NOT stereo. At first, he claimed it was because "it contains lots of speakers", but when I told him that the number of speakers was not relevant and that it sounded mono to me, he did some more research and admitted it would take two for stereo and that stereo is not currently supported even with two units, but it would be with some future update.
Most of the reviews said the sound was great but that Siri sucked. But in my tests and even in the noisy store environment, Siri did really well - it never played the wrong track or artist that I called out and it properly heard me say "louder" and "softer" and "pause". It was far more accurate than the Apple TV achieved in the same environment.
Mmm... I certainly hope that Apple persons don't become typical Sound Store Lizards!
The kid was right and zoetmb wrong. The number of speakers do matter, home pod supports stereo but its a tiny little thing so not a whole lot of separation possible especially if it doesn't have a surface to bounce the left quadrant and right quadrant tweeters off of.
This also explains why Apple says it sounds the same around the room (the one "woofer" handling mids and bass) and but has ambient directional cues left and right. It can only widen it's treble sound stage via the tweeters. So there will be some directional cues but not enough for most material to matter beyond "ambient".
Note that "true" stereo will not be supported even when Apple releases support for two units. Apple says "stereo-like" in it's product literature because you won't designate one home pod as left and the other right. Instead it will use beam forming from both to try to create the "immersive" sound stage.
”Create stereo sound with a second HomePod.
Put another HomePod in the same room and they automatically detect and balance each other. With advanced beamforming capabilities, a HomePod pair is able to create a wider, more immersive soundstage than a traditional stereo pair“
...balance here refers to left and right.
maestro64 said:okay, do not use telegram, and not 100% sure what it does, but how did Apple determine that users were posting stuff they should not have been, the app says it is encrypted communications. Does Apple have back door? also does Apple monitor its own messaging app for illegal content that user my be transmitting to one another? They obviously did not catch Anthony Wiener.
If you'd spent 10 seconds doing research you'd find the facts of the Weiner case have nothing to do with what you claimed. Wiener was using other tools for his illegal sexting with the minor:
"The 15-year-old girl initially contacted Weiner through a direct message on Twitter in January 2016. Weiner and the girl continued to communicate on social media sites, including Facebook Messenger, Skype, Kik, Confide and Snapchat. ... Weiner asked the teen to 'engage in sexually explicit conduct via Skype and Snapchat, where her body was on display, and where she was asked to sexually perform for him'"
...facts, what a concept, huh?
As for Telegram, I'm sure somebody tipped off somebody.
rrrize said:Rayz2016 said:I think the reason behind the notch is to improve the user experience. If the camera array was above the screen the users would have to look avbive the screen to trigger FaceID then refocus on the screen after being granted access. The notch means they just look at the screen and they’re in.
Spike_Lightfoot said:Cesar Battistini Maziero said:maestro64 said:Ok this is clear is mud, can any confirm it will support your iTunes Library even if it does not include iTunes purchases. My entire library consisted of CD which I ripped over the last 20 yrs, I have not bought too many digital only songs from Apple iTunes store. It announcement make it sound like only iTunes purchases are supported. I am assuming if i stream from my computer it will work. I am thinking if you have purchase it know what you purchase will play them via siri requests. My Homepod is due the 9th so i will see how it works, but a heads up would be nice.Then its all accessible and you can even use Siri
"Hey Siri, upload all of my vast iTunes music to Apple, charge me to store it there, and them stream it back to me."
We're talking about an Apple iTunes library here people! This is not a "third party" situation!