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  Reply # 2153126 2-Jan-2019 09:24
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I bought one in Sydney a couple of weeks ago, works flawlessly. The biggest issue i’ve found is the shortage of applications supporting Shortcuts integration for Siri commands - looking at you iHeartRadio - so I can start up a radio feed and Airplay to the HomePod directly. Risght now I need to throw from my phone or iPad.




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  Reply # 2153149 2-Jan-2019 11:01
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jarledb:

 

Its really strange that Apple haven't expanded the regions they sell HomePod, and even more strange its not sold here.

 

I have an Aus version, and it was plug and play. No problems with lack of services, it knows the time zone its in, restaurants nearby etc, and there was no trickery involved in making it work.

 

Can't see any reason for them not selling it here, really.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe they are not driving sales on iTunes/App store like they hoped.

 

If that's the case, its just as likely Apple will dump them.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2153177 2-Jan-2019 13:12
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The rubbish NZ accent is fairly close to Australian, just with even less pronunciation.

Out of interest, do the google home products actually work here?  I see the new dick smith has the home mini for $59 and free shipping at the moment.  Considering getting one and a Harmony Hub for the TV gear etc.


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  Reply # 2153187 2-Jan-2019 14:45
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sir1963:

antoniosk: Weather feeds, news feeds, television feeds, traffic feeds and so on.

Siri, google and Alexa are pretty good for integrations, but only when there is a real range of things to connect to. We don’t know what isn’t available here until you see it overseas.

It’s disappointing that the feeds that are available aren’t being taken advantage of though, and that goes back to market economics. Although iCloud iTunes seem to get good traction 🤔


 


 


Those are the fluff on top.


HomePod is all about sound, music.


 


I know someone who bought one, was so impressed with the sound that he bought a second one for another room.


Setting it up and trying it out, it went into stereo mode and that was SO GOOD, he kept 2 in that room and bought a 3rd for the spare room.


 


I gave up, I bought a 2nd hand airport express and have connected it to my stereo instead.


We have the same power requirements, same plug, we have iTunes, we have AppleTV , we have Siri on everything else but the ATV4.


I have my Bus routes on my iPhone (for Palmerston North !), News feeds, Weather, etc etc



I’m not supporting apples position here; I agree that in NZ a lot of the core feeds they would need are commercially available, and what is required is someone to put a service together and make it available to the NZ market, then monitor it and improve it. That’s typically a product owner, which is something Apple doesn’t have in NZ right now. A real shame too - NZ is sufficiently advanced that this would be an easy thing to achieve.

Whether it’s fluff or not is up to apple to decide, but it does seem a poor choice to hold the device back for music fans.... unless they know they will be poorly compared to Alexa in NZ for its support of the wider ecosystem.





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  Reply # 2153274 2-Jan-2019 16:07
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Jaxson:

 

The rubbish NZ accent is fairly close to Australian, just with even less pronunciation.

Out of interest, do the google home products actually work here?  I see the new dick smith has the home mini for $59 and free shipping at the moment.  Considering getting one and a Harmony Hub for the TV gear etc.

 

 

Got a home in the kitchen, and waiting for a decent price dip or third party gear to grab some more gear to scatter around the house.


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