Normally we are used to imagining and seeing our experience of using Apple products, and this is something that can change a lot depending on your needs and habits. I was able to prove it by setting up my own HomePod mini and helping my customers do it at home. Over time, you see the reactions of the general public, and the differences are obvious. Let’s see them one by one.
Here’s how the general public reacts to a HomePod mini
Some people raise exaggerated facilities. The normal thing is usually people who ask for help with setting up a single HomePod mini, but there are those who consider placing an excessive number of speakers throughout the house. The record is six original HomePods (not the minis) on one floor. The quality and power of the speaker always surprises. The main reason for setups with too many speakers is that many people ignore or underestimate the power of the HomePod mini. As soon as they see the volume and the quality that the loudspeaker can give, they are speechless. Siri is often underestimated. For many, the HomePod mini is meant for listening to music and nothing else. They don’t expect everything Siri can do and are often very surprised when I show them examples. There is also a lot of surprise when I show them that conversation can be natural, without having to force words or speak loudly. The general user does not understand that services like Spotify are no longer integrated. It’s a simple difference, but one that gets through: being able to tell the HomePod to play a specific music genre or album gives Apple Music an edge over alternatives like Spotify. The speaker setup is confusing. The Home app isn’t yet too popular with the general public, who are often discouraged from installing smart plugs or light bulbs. It is generally not understood that to configure a speaker you have to go to an application called “Home” and not to a call “HomePod”, as is already the case with the Apple Watch. Your first HomePod mini won’t be your last. Hardly anyone I’ve helped with HomePod mini sticks with a single unit. They buy one to try, are pleasantly surprised by the quality and possibilities, and end up buying at least one more. The idea of having a stereo pair in the bedroom or living room is often too alluring to resist. And finally, the HomePod mini is a bridge to use Siri on the rest of Apple devices. I hardly see anyone using it on the default iPhone, iPad, or Mac, but they learn how to use it well with the HomePod mini and then take the opportunity to transfer what they’ve learned to the rest of the terminals.
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