Reasons Why Apple Inc (AAPL)'s Homepod Will be Dead on Arrival

Angelica Greene
June 9, 2017

As Apple put it onstage, its goal is nothing less than building a speaker that will "reinvent home music" in the same way that the iPod did for portable music so many years ago. However, Apple has since been surpassed by Amazon and Google. We do a comparison of features to find out! This can be an unsettling concept for people anxious about privacy, but companies say they're not recording when not in use. Though each one works smart and apt, Google Home is an inch ahead because of Google's own enhanced search results. The Play:1 was designed for streaming music over Wi-Fi throughout your house.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is the king of expensive - granted, the firm makes premium devices that deserve premium pricing; yet, I can't but wonder how much margin is enough margin. As a music-playing device, it will also be a challenger to Sonos, whose wi-fi-controlled speakers are used by many smartphone users for home entertainment. But, while the HomePod may be able to do both of those things, Apple's speaker is shaping up to be a jack-of-all-trades compromise that ultimately is a master of none. This device effectively turns any apartment into a smart home with a few upgrades to appliances, or a smart home into a brilliant one. Limp was quick to point out that you could get eight Echo Dots for the price of HomePod, and then connect the Echo Dots to any speaker with a line out connection or Bluetooth. Is it the future tech worthy A8 chip that Apple has exclusive to the device? The number game works for a while but what it will boil down to is what skills hook me on the device.

In other words, it sort of takes a little bit of everything here and there - a bit of smarts, a bit of audio quality, and a bit of home assistant functionality - ending up as a pretty okay smart home device that can simply blast music.

Google might be a different story, although there is no indication that the company plans on collaborating with Amazon anytime soon.

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Cortana, Microsoft's assistant is also making its way to home speakers. From notifications for delayed flights to pre-set reminders to upcoming appointments to traffic updates and what not, both Echo and Home stand out to offer you something you will need on a daily basis. HomePod is great for HomeKit, serving as a payoff for anyone who's been investing in Apple's approved smart home gear, allowing hardware developers to deeply tie their products to Siri.

The connected speaker market is the next big tech hotspot, and there are now three primary players. Google followed in 2016 with Google Home, and Microsoft is now working with Harman Kardon on the Invoke smart speaker, which uses voice-assistant Cortana. "People went from being happy and excited to sitting in workshops and realizing, "I can't use it, '" Brian Roemmele, a developer who attended the conference, told the Journal".

Apple HomePod will release in the month of December this year, and Apple might add some more features keeping the competition in mind.

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