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Apple's HomePod speaker: Either way late or way early

On Friday, you’ll be able to buy the Homepod, Apple’s answer to the smart speakers from companies like Amazon, Google, and Sonos.

The touchscreen on the top never displays words or recognizable pictures; it exists solely to offer a cool, colorful swirling LED light whenever HomePod is speaking or listening.

The HomePod has the most balanced midrange, the most detailed highs, and a crisp, muscular, musical bass the other little guys can’t touch.

It also can’t make free speakerphone calls to any number without needing a phone, the way the Amazon Echo and Google Home can.

We already know that Apple is working on letting you use two in a stereo pair, and developing multi-room features (“Hey Siri, play Taylor Swift in the playroom”).

Maybe a software update will bring speaker-independent voice recognition, so each family member can ask about their own calendars, texts, and playlists.

Otherwise, it’s best suited only to a core audience of true-blue Appleheads: people who use the iPhone, signed up for Apple Music, and, preferably, live alone.

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