(ed: reviews say apple has by a country-mile the best sound – but siri is a bit thick..)
The war for your digital home is waging.
Apple has finally followed Amazon Google and Microsoft by launching a smart speaker with a voice-controlled artificial intelligence assistant.
Yet even though the ‘HomePod’ is another technological marvel, there’s a chance Apple is already losing the battle.
Apple is taking a different approach to its rivals – hoping to corner the higher end of the smart speaker market and encourage consumers to part with more money – as it has done very successfully with its other products.
The HomePod delivers high quality sound using seven physical speakers arranged in a circle to create a virtual stereo effect – directing different parts of the sound in different directions.
But HomePod isn’t really a smart speaker – not yet at least.
Siri currently can’t deliver on one of those three most critical abilities – as it can only set one timer at a time.
Overall it has far fewer skills than Alexa – Google Assistant or even Cortana and only works with a very small number of third-party apps.