Sonos Trolls Apple on HomePod Launch Day with a Popular Meme

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Apple has confirmed HomePod fix pricing, and the short advice is simple: try really, really hard not to break it. The analyst didn't explain which features, if any, would be eliminated on the less expensive model.

After failing to capitalize on the lead it had on voice assistants by launching Siri back in 2011, Apple appears to have missed a big opportunity with Siri yet again with HomePod.

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There's also the thing with Apple's tendency to lock its products inside its own ecosystem.

At the same time, the new speaker can be an exercise in frustration at times, especially when you request something of Siri that Apple's digital assistant can't deliver on HomePod.

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Set up is easy: Similar to using Apple EarPods, your iOS device detects when the HomePod is plugged in and walks you through set up. It's also possible to call on Siri by holding down the middle section of the touchscreen. "So it can play Spotify without the deep integration and control with Siri". The HomePod becomes a natural Siri extension you can tap to provide all kinds of information. HomePod is unique in that it doesn't have a singular place where it sounds the best. With many speakers and sound systems, there is a zone of perfection.

Setting up the HomePod is a seamless experience. As someone with a cat who does enjoy testing her claws on furniture, the fact that - unlike with Amazon's latest Echo or Google's Home - you can't remove the HomePod's fabric cover yourself and swap it for a new one is a little ominous. Multiple studies, including one reported by The New York Times, demonstrate that listening to music can enhance focus, improve creativity, and boost productivity. "We made you a playlist", Sonos said in the tweet. Apple is positioning the HomePod firmly as a music device that can also help you out around the house.

Amazon's Echo supports all of the major calendar apps-Google, Microsoft (Outlook/Office 365/Exchange) and Apple. At times, not only did HomePod respond, but so did Siri on my nearby iPhone.

A few other typical smart speaker tasks that the HomePod reportedly can't do: find a recipe, make a phone call or summon an Uber (although Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed the HomePod works with Uber during an earnings call last week). Another question: are there enough people out there willing to pay that much more for better sound?

"Indeed, the perception out there is that Siri, despite being on tens of millions of iPhones and the first virtual assistant to make a name for itself, just isn't as smart or useful as Alexa and the Google Assistant".

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