Although Apple has now officially entered the "smart" speaker market, Amazon remains the market leader according to a report from research specialist TrendForce.
In addition to several speakers mixed among Apple's other products on tables throughout the store, HomePods have been set up in larger locations next to Apple's HomeKit displays, however, they didn't appear to be connected to the rest of the demo just yet.
The above three factor will likely affect HomePod's sales despite the huge awareness of Apple, thus TrendForce forecasts that Amazon will still continue to dominate the smart speaker market in 2018. Amazon invented the category in 2015 with its line of Echo speakers, and there are now similar options available from Google and Microsoft.
Unlike in the Alexa app, meanwhile, there's no log of what Siri heard and what her response was. The HomePod also works only with iOS devices. "Whenever I asked HomePod to 'play some music, ' it never played music that was relevant to my preferences or listening history", he wrote, even though Apple has claimed that HomePod will excel at learning user's musical tastes.
Now if only Sonos had made the playlist in Apple Music, so Siri could play it on the HomePod.
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Another shared complaint was the HomePod's straitjacket boundaries when using non-Apple apps. Alexa and Google can draw upon lots of information even before you add third-party skills; Siri on HomePod can get stumped by requests an iPhone can handle. The question is: will hardcore music fans embrace voice control the way more casual fans have?
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The Verge's Nilay Patel describes the HomePod as a "lonely" piece of technology, asking whether "beautiful sound quality [is] worth locking yourself even more tightly into a walled garden" of Apple's services.
Multi-speaker support: Right now, it's hard enough to swallow paying $349 for one HomePod, but if Apple's going to convince anyone to buy two or more, it needs to get paired and multi-room modes working properly.
While Apple's Siri voice assistant came early to the market, the company is late to the smart speaker trend.