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#21  leebase 10-15-2020, 08:00 PM
I have a pair of Homepods and a handful of Echo dot's. The Homepods sound amazing for the size. One of the few market timing snafu's for Apple. I don't think Apple had the Amazon Echo or Google Home in mind at all when they were creating the HomePod.

I bought it for the music. I'm already an Apple Music subscriber.

I like the Echo Dot's too. You can get good sound by pairing them with a nice bluetooth speaker. But mostly, mine is a Kitchen timer.

I'll await the reviews for the $99 Homepod mini. There are a lot of nice bluetooth speakers for $99. I'm not into home automation for either Apple or Amazon.

As for the phone....I upgraded last year. No need to this year. Looks like a decent year on year upgrade. I'm not all that jazzed about 5G...so no hurry for me.

I am looking forward to the Apple Silicon Macs.
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#22  tomsem 10-16-2020, 04:49 PM
I have enough HomePods for now: 1 solo, 2 in stereo pair. I’ve had Echos but decommissioned them after getting first HomePod. Subscribed to Apple Music at the same time and discontinued Spotify.

And I finally got around to uploading my library of .AAC music to iTunes Match (some music is still not available for streaming, and we had a collection of custom mixes with artwork and it’s nice to be able to play them with the Music app now, instead of having to unearth the CD and a CD player.

I would love to have the iPhone 12 Pro Max just for the camera, but I can’t justify the expense. 5G means nothing to me. For the cost of an iPhone, I could possible get an equally or even more capable compact camera, but camera interfaces suck and I probably would fail to have it with me when encountering spontaneous beauty or novelty.
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#23  OtinG 10-17-2020, 04:57 PM
I bought my iPhone XR 19 months ago through T-Mobile and have another 17 months on the interest free payment plan. I always pay off the current phone before buying a newer one. I learned a long time ago that I do better by keeping my older phone when I buy a new one and selling it myself rather than accepting a low upgrade bid from T-Mobile. They never offer much as far as an upgrade price. So it will likely be at least 17 months before I upgrade again, and more than likely two years once the iPhone 14 comes out. I’m happy with my iPhone XR so no desire to upgrade at the moment. I’ve got plenty of excellent cameras that make the smartphone cameras look like cheap Cracker-Jack prizes, and I have no need for the over-hyped 5G.
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#24  OtinG 11-09-2020, 12:04 PM
Quote kyteflyer
Thanks for all that.. yeah I think I’ll get a Mini. It will suit my current uses, and its going to be able to access Amazon Music too.

And since my post about not really wanting to u/g phone, I’ve decided that I will. Just not now and not on pre-order. I forgot I have car registration and insurance coming up next month, as well as a big service. I was hoping to have my mobility scooter by now, but oh well... I just have to remind myself... *priorities*!
This MacRumors article claims that many of the reviews coming in on the mini say it is a good phone but that the battery drains rather fast. So you might want to investigate that before making a final decision.
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#25  leebase 11-09-2020, 04:46 PM
FYI - I tried using the homepods for tv sound. It's not a great experience. I don't have the Apple Tv 4k which is supposed to have support for a pair of homepods. But I just don't find them loud enough. A sound bar with subwoofer can easily outpace them.

I'll wait to see what people say about using a pair of Homepods with the Apple Tv 4k simulating surround sound with Dolby atmos. If it works well... I MIGHT be tempted to pick up that version of the Apple Tv.
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#26  OtinG 11-10-2020, 10:39 AM
Quote JulieF2
Will the charger be removed from the new model? Or am I misinformed?
No charger or wired earpods with the newest iPhones. Apple says it is excluding them to help save the environment. Yeah right! They just want to save money during a pandemic economy that isn't going away any time soon. They save money by not providing these two items, plus it makes the boxes smaller and lighter, thereby saving more money on shipping fees.

Quote leebase
FYI - I tried using the homepods for tv sound. It's not a great experience. I don't have the Apple Tv 4k which is supposed to have support for a pair of homepods. But I just don't find them loud enough. A sound bar with subwoofer can easily outpace them.

I'll wait to see what people say about using a pair of Homepods with the Apple Tv 4k simulating surround sound with Dolby atmos. If it works well... I MIGHT be tempted to pick up that version of the Apple Tv.
No compact speaker like the Homepod or Amazon Echo will have enough physical speaker separation for great stereo sound. They might be loud, but they will never sound as good as a true surround sound system that separates the speakers by at least a few feet. I don't have a Homepod, but I can say that pairing two identical Amazon Echos makes them sound a LOT better, assuming you separate them by several feet. However, buying two full size Homepods would be expensive, and they still won’t sound as good as a good surround sound system will.
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