Apple's * a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=4qIBr*sQYf8&subid=0&offerid=492045.1&type=10&tmpid=13127&RD_PARM1=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fapple-homepod-space-gray%2F5902410.p%3FskuId%3D5902410%2526ref%3D212%2526loc%3D1%2526ksid%3D70204b84-5e71-40b0-b7bf-1484c27b595b%2526ksprof_id%3D401%2526ksaffcode%3Dpg269220%2526ksdevice%3Dc%2526lsft%3Dref%3A212%2Cloc%3A2%2526gclid%3DEAIaIQobChMI1Zr48NGW2QIVFVmGCh1pGQ-aEAYYASABEgIm_vD_BwE" *HomePod is $349 and available for purchase on February 9, but it looks like preorder supplies have run out, but that's always debatable. An Apple analyst expects Cupertino to unveil a lower cost model as early as this fall, according to AppleInsider. The sound quality is tops and design is lovely, but with a heftier price tag, lack of partnerships with companies like Spotify and Uber, and Siri's inability to be truly useful right now, it's more of an Apple aspiration than a product ready for the prime time.
Apple's HomePod smart speakers have started arriving for users in Australia, UK, and the US.
"I think Siri could be expanded and will be in the future", said Dalrymple. You bring your iPhone or other iOS device near HomePod and are prompted on the phone screen to choose the room where you are placing the speaker, and that automatically transfers your existing iCloud, iTunes and Apple Music settings.
Apple's decision to restrict HomePod customers to iOS and Apple Music is a strategic effort to keep people embedded in its ecosystem. Siri's capacities are limited next to the Google Assistant, as the latter is capable of performing other tasks such as doing Google searches or even answering trivia questions. HomePod is unique in that it doesn't have a singular place where it sounds the best.
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Jim Dalrymple, an Apple expert at Loop Insights, a tech news site, said he was "pleasantly surprised by how well the music in the room seemed to just kind of envelope you". "Apple's engineers designed HomePod to sound the best no matter where you are in the room".
Brian Chen from the New York Times spent his time with all three main smart speakers: HomePod, Alexa, and Home respectively, and his experience paints quite a picture. Dwight Silverman told the Houston Chronicle that Apple's updates on Siri "has robbed her of personality and memory". With repairs of the Homepod costing more than a brand new Echo ($99) or Google Home Speaker ($199), consumers may gravitate towards a more affordable smart home solution.
"But Siri on HomePod is embarrassingly inadequate, even though that is the primary way you interact with it. Siri is sorely lacking in capabilities compared with Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant". You're paying a lot to get even more entrenched in Apple's world. Your iPhone or iPad will need to be connected to Wi-Fi and have Bluetooth enabled.
My other quibble has to do with a hard challenge for Apple. As such, the HomePod is capable of playing the best possible music according to how its audio is being projected against its surroundings. But sometimes perhaps too good. The Sonos was more pleasing in the mid-range tones that make vocals sound bright. What's mysterious is that Siri can do all those things on an iPhone. So why is it still so complicated?