Apple has four new HomePod commercials called: Equalizer, Distortion, Bass, and Beat. Here are three ways businesses can deploy HomePods to benefit office environments. The question is: will hardcore music fans embrace voice control the way more casual fans have?
For offices without fancy speakerphones, Apple's HomePod offers a convenient method of handing off calls to the speaker's high-quality components. Sonos is now offering a truly stereo pair of Sonos One speakers for $349 to directly challenge the HomePod at the same price point.
This is a no-brainer. Case in point: this isn't even the first time it's been repurposed against Apple for a music product - Rdio wrote "Welcome, Apple". Others prefer subtle white noise or unobtrusive ambient music play in offices to improve their concentration, provide some privacy, and mute varied conversations, HVAC sounds, and other environmental noises that are common in offices. That's why the HomePod can not be configured with anything other than an iOS device.
If the HomePod is used within an office where speaking to the speaker and listening to responses isn't disruptive to others, the device makes a great addition. If you ask for something generic - like "Hey Siri, play a cat podcast" - you'll get whatever the closest existing podcast title there is to that request, but not some curated examples based on that theme.
If you're building a smart home, the HomePod can control lights, thermostats and locks.
"[You] really need an Apple Music subscription to make the most of Siri's capabilities", said Martin. It is designed it so that you can circle it and still enjoy 360 degrees of sound no matter where you are in the room. Although all three speakers enable key functions such as checking weather conditions, setting times and alarms, voice calling, and other basic features to be carried out smoothly, there is still room for improvement in both the Apple and Google systems. Now questions abound over whether Apple can compete in a hotly contested market with a virtual assistant in Siri that doesn't work as well as Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant.
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The HomePod delivers impeccable sound quality that surpasses that of similar offerings by Google and Sonos, reviewers say.
Amazon pitches the Echo as a smart home assistant that happens to play music. Inside this speaker, Siri can't even do all the things it stumbles through on an iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac.
HomePod does stack favorably on price against the $399 Google Home Max speaker with the Google Assistant that I reviewed positively in December.
Bluetooth streaming: You can't just stream music from any Bluetooth source to the HomePod, even though it has Bluetooth 5.0 hardware inside.
Proper third-party app integration: If HomePod is going to be a "smart" speaker, it should let you order food or an Uber to your location, be able to play podcasts through third-party apps such as Overcast, and be able to access music streamed from sources other than Apple's servers. Each HomePod is associated with one iPhone, even though an entire family might share it.
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We are going to increase our level and in that very busy period we need all focus on trying to give their best", he added. He told me after the game and said he couldn't believe the pitch stood up to what it did.