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HomePod – Siri in a speaker!

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Apple rolled out HomePod in the most startup-y way possible – a shoddy name and an unconventional pitch to support the cause! But this device seems to pack a punch, more than just gathering dust on your shelf.

Read more as doodleblue delves into the insides of this home assistant clothed with the skin of a speaker pod.
The inside scoop

Starting with what HomePod is made of, a high excursion woofer with custom amplifier is a bloomer.

It has a far field 6 microphone array for Siri communiqués and room sensing.

Transparent studio level dynamic processing and direct/ambient audio beamforming are some things intrinsic to an Apple product.

The blotch in the scenery comes in the form of pricing which is a whopping $350 for a single speaker pod. It definitely tops the chart, with Sonos Play: 3 closely tailing with a $299 and Play: 1 costing $199.

Looking at the major competitors like Amazon Echo and Google Home, considering the product quality and usability, they are priced at $180 and $129 which is lesser than half Apple’s price tag. It is still valid to justify the price keeping in mind the superior quality of speakers here.
HomePod – Siri in a speaker! - Image 1
The workings

The only music service supported on HomePod is Apple music (no surprises!).

While it is likely that music can be played from another service to HomePod via AirPlay 2 system, the music support is still the weakest as compared to Spotify and Pandora that supports direct playback of just about all music services made.

It is evident that HomePod supports Siri and HomeKit but anything other than that is off-limits, exhibiting the typical Apple’s lockdown behavior.
HomePod – Siri in a speaker! - Image 2

Tool behind the tale

Moving to more of the home support system feature of HomePod, it is very clear that Siri is the voice behind.

Apple is trying to get its intelligent home assistant upto form. No doubt portraying HomePod as the audio solution rather than the smart AI assistant is convenient.

One thing that stuck out like a sore thumb was Apple’s pitch painting the image of a high quality speaker rather than a home assistant.

From Amazon’s experience with Alexa and the way they did not project the home assistant feature, it is pretty much understood that monetization will not happen this way.

Also, it is traditional Apple move to emphasize on the ease of use, AirPlay and easy connect with iPhones.

We are given to assume that it is an attempt to justify the high price tag, apart from the fact that V1 will stay high priced until V2 is released and there is a price cut.

Ultimately it looks like AirPods, home-sized and the blind belief in Apple’s ability to execute a product centric strategy.
Apple rolled out HomePod in the most startup-y way possible – a shoddy name and an unconventional pitch to support the cause! But this device seems to pack a punch, more than just gathering dust on your shelf.

Read more as doodleblue delves into the insides of this home assistant clothed with the skin of a speaker pod.

The inside scoop

Starting with what HomePod is made of, a high excursion woofer with custom amplifier is a bloomer.

It has a far field 6 microphone array for Siri communiqués and room sensing.

Transparent studio level dynamic processing and direct/ambient audio beamforming are some things intrinsic to an Apple product.

The blotch in the scenery comes in the form of pricing which is a whopping $350 for a single speaker pod. It definitely tops the chart, with Sonos Play: 3 closely tailing with a $299 and Play: 1 costing $199.

Looking at the major competitors like Amazon Echo and Google Home, considering the product quality and usability, they are priced at $180 and $129 which is lesser than half Apple’s price tag. It is still valid to justify the price keeping in mind the superior quality of speakers here.

HomePod – Siri in a speaker! - Image 1

The workings

The only music service supported on HomePod is Apple music (no surprises!).

While it is likely that music can be played from another service to HomePod via AirPlay 2 system, the music support is still the weakest as compared to Spotify and Pandora that supports direct playback of just about all music services made.

It is evident that HomePod supports Siri and HomeKit but anything other than that is off-limits, exhibiting the typical Apple’s lockdown behavior.

HomePod – Siri in a speaker! - Image 2

Tool behind the tale



Moving to more of the home support system feature of HomePod, it is very clear that Siri is the voice behind.

Apple is trying to get its intelligent home assistant upto form. No doubt portraying HomePod as the audio solution rather than the smart AI assistant is convenient.

One thing that stuck out like a sore thumb was Apple’s pitch painting the image of a high quality speaker rather than a home assistant.

From Amazon’s experience with Alexa and the way they did not project the home assistant feature, it is pretty much understood that monetization will not happen this way.

Also, it is traditional Apple move to emphasize on the ease of use, AirPlay and easy connect with iPhones.

We are given to assume that it is an attempt to justify the high price tag, apart from the fact that V1 will stay high priced until V2 is released and there is a price cut.

Ultimately it looks like AirPods, home-sized and the blind belief in Apple’s ability to execute a product centric strategy.

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