On the HomePod’s Supposed “Lagging Sales”

Report: HomePod sales lagging – Six Colors

Yes, the HomePod is a great sounding speaker. Yes, it’s ability to recognize its wake word, no matter the volume, is better than the Echo’s. But the amount of tasks that it simply falls down on gives me little reason to use the voice control part of it. Even something like playing music, which is supposed to be its bread and butter, is unreliable in my experience.

While I agree with Dan here, and I have been saying for months that the HomePod is too expensive and is focusing on features that don’t appeal to a mass market…let’s not jump to conclusions just yet.

January 22, 2018 – Is Apple About to Cancel the iPhone X? Poor Sales Mean Device Faces ‘End of Life’

January 29, 2018 –  iPhone X Failure Forces Apple Into Drastic Action

And then…

February 1, 2018 – Apple Reports Record Results for 1Q 2018

“iPhone X surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November,” said Tim Cook

And of course there was hoopla around the Apple Watch as recently as last year:

May 17, 2017 – The Biggest Sign Yet the Apple Watch Is Failing

September 30, 2017 – Why The Apple Watch Series 3 Is Ultimately A Failure

And then…

February 1, 2018 – Apple Reveals Storming Apple Watch Success In Best-Ever Quarter

In the earnings call that followed the publication of the results, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, ‘It was our best quarter ever for the Apple Watch, with over 50% growth in revenue and units for the fourth quarter in a row and strong double-digit growth in every geographic segment.’

‘Sales of Apple Watch Series 3 models,’ Cook went on, ‘were also more than twice the volume of Series 2 a year ago. Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch in the world and gained in market share during the quarter, based on the latest estimates from IDC.’

So while I’m more than happy to say, “I was right!” I have been around the block enough to know for sure.

A Supporting Character in Everyone Else’s Narrative

It’s hard to be a team player sometimes. I know it is for me, at least. We so easily get sucked into our own thing, assuming that what we have going on is the most important thing ever. We are all the center of our own universes, after all.

But the value of breaking out of that mindset and collaborating with others is so immensely important. You are not the center of the universe, you’re a supporting character in everyone else’s story. You can be the lone wolf hero in your own world, but that really just writes you out of everyone else’s narrative.

Build those relationships.

Make a point to make time to help others achieve their goals.

Step back when you can’t improve a situation.

Even for totally selfish reasons, do it so that when you need help, people are present and willing to jump in to lift you up. This is not an original idea at all, but it’s good to be reminded of it on a regular basis.

A Solo, Daily, Non-News Podcast is Probably a Bad Idea, but I Love It

You don’t have to be an eagle-eyed observer to notice that I have begun daily podcasting over the past few weeks. I’ve done 15 episodes over the past 30 days1, and 6 over the past 6 business days. Each episode has nearly zero planning and I record around 7AM before I go to work.

This is a stupid thing to to, but I love it.

There is no way I can maintain a daily podcast forever, this ride is going to end eventually. Accepting that, I have to wonder if it’s going to be in 5 years or 5 days. Will I run out of things to talk about? Will people get bored and tune out? Will I just lose interest? Having posted to this site nearly everyday for the past 7 years, I very much doubt I’ll run out of things to talk about, but the other 2 things are definitely going to happen, and it’s just a matter of when.

I’ve done things to make it plausible that I keep going longer, though. As you know, I do short episodes, usually 4-6 minutes. This means I can talk about something substantial if needed, but I can also talk about tiny little things without dragging it out for more than the thought is worth.

I’m also doing minimal editing on these shows. A 5 minute show was probably 6 minutes of recording time. I don’t really edit for content, I just edit out “ums” and awkward gaps in my delivery. What you hear is just my thoughts in almost real time; they’re just cleaned up to make me sound sharp.

Speaking of editing, I’m talking in a Blue Yeti, which is plugged into an iPad running Ferrite. I record into the app and edit it all in one shot. It takes about 10 minutes to edit the average show, and another 5 minutes to post it to Libsyn and this site.

All those strategies aside, I’m doing this because I’m really into podcasting right now. Subscribers are up and I enjoy doing it more and more every episode. Right now it feels like the right thing to do and I’m following this thread to see where it goes. If you already listen to the show then I want you to know I really appreciate it. If you don’t listen yet, subscribe here and I hope you enjoy it.

  1. The previous 15 episodes were published over 4 months.