There’s a chance I might be buying an Apple HomePod from a neighbour who’s emigrating. While I’d never pay Apple’s exorbitant full price, he’s quite keen to shift it, so there’s a real bargain to be had.
I’m possibly more excited than I should be. It’s a glorified speaker, after all. Right?
Actually, from the research I’ve done online, it looks like it could be a very useful household addition.
Despite a lot of earlier frustrations, I’m using Siri more than ever, and she’s working better than ever. She understands my requests for reminders (which go directly into TickTick), sets timers without fail, answers questions about weather, calculations, conversions and calendar requests. I regularly dictate instructions and ideas via my AirPods while I’m walking to work and I rarely have a problem with the accuracy.
I’m not sure what they’re putting in her feed in Cupertino, but it’s working. Keep it up, guys!
Our apartment is already connected as can be. Alexa controls our heating, our lights and our music. Having recently moved to Apple Music, now on a money-saving family plan, the HomePod could pick that up. Our Hive devices aren’t HomeKit enabled yet, but I understand it’s on the way.
At which point, Siri will make Alexa redundant.
So let’s see what happens. Maybe I’ll just consider it a birthday gift to myself.
It’s interesting, though, that my debate is about replacing one voice assistant with another. Not removing them altogether. I suppose that means I find them useful…