At long last, Apple’s A.I. pal Siri is getting out of the iPhone and is almost ready to move into your house. The long-awaited Apple HomePod smart home speaker is finally shiny and polished enough to meet Jony and Tim’s exacting standards and will start shipping February 9th, with preorders starting this Friday. And if you think it’s going to compete on price, you’re wrong.
Apple’s first smart speaker is going to ring in at a stout $350 to start, which is, of course, much more than most of Amazon’s Echo products and Google’s Google Home products. So, will it be worth it? The HomePod is packing some serious tech, including seven directional “beam-forming” tweeters and a powerful woofer for quality sound, six microphones so Siri can hear your every request, and Apple HomeKit integration for all your other new smart home bits of course.
But the question remains: Is it too little (or even too much), too late? Amazon’s fleet of Echo products continues to grow, while it seems like Alexa is getting embedded into everything. And Google Home isn’t far behind. But Apple may have one big advantage: A loyal customer base that likes their tech to be all-Apple, all the time, price be damned. We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, we’re working on getting a HomePod into DT for a thorough test. More details: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/01/homepod-arrives-february-9-available-to-order-this-friday/
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