• You can buy a $20 leather coaster for your HomePod

    6 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    Sure, yesterday's big wood staining HomePod news was a bit of a black eye for Apple's smart speaker, but it's going to be a boon for one very specific, extremely narrow product category. I'm sure I'm going to get 50 similar pitches the minute this story publishes, but Pad & Quill owner Brian Holmes beat everyone to the punch by alerting us to a $20 leather...
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  • HomePod Isn't The Only Smart Speaker With A Lock-In Problem

    HomePod Isn't The Only Smart Speaker With A Lock-In Problem

    6 days ago - By Fast Company

    And if Apple wants to welcome the likes of Spotify and Pandora onto it music player, there's an obvious way to do it.
    Now that Apple's HomePod speaker is here, nearly all the reviews have drawn the same conclusion: Superior sound quality, too much lock-in.
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  • Here's How Much Apple Pays to Build Its HomePod Smart Speaker

    6 days ago - By Fortune

    Apple's HomePod smart speaker is substantially more expensive than competing devices. But there might be a good reason for that: it costs a lot to build it.
    The tech giant pays $216 to build a single HomePod unit, IHS Markit told Bloomberg on Thursday after analyzing all of its components. At a $349 price, the HomePod generates for Apple a $133 profit, or about a 38% margin, on the sale of each unit, the market researcher said.
    Apple is known for generating significant margins on the sale of its products. The company's iPhone, for instance, is often sold at more than twice what Apple pays...
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