Apple was a computer company for a long time. It kind of became a music company with the launch of iPod and subsequently iTunes. Then it became a phone company and with gradual advancements, it even became a camera company. With the Apple Watch Series 3, it’s become the No.1 watchmaker on the planet.
With the iPad Pro and recent iMacs, Apple proved it had the mettle to produce decent speakers for its product lines. With the HomePod, Apple has morphed into a genuine speaker company.
Steve Jobs had a profound love for music, and while the company he founded in 1976 has had its foot in the music world since the start of this millennium, it hasn’t had a music system to back it all up (except perhaps the short lived iPod Hi-Fi).
HomePod has changed that. Like every industry Apple steps into, it’s going to revolutionize the speaker industry, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s talk HomePod Review: Phase One
What is HomePod?
For those who are still unclear on the hype that is HomePod, here’s a short intro:
“HomePod is a powerful speaker that sounds amazing and adapts to wherever it’s playing,” says Apple’s page for HomePod.
“It’s the ultimate music authority, bringing together Apple Music and Siri to learn your taste in music. It’s also an intelligent home assistant, capable of handling everyday tasks — and controlling your smart home. HomePod takes the listening experience to a whole new level.”
Apple’s simple statement understates what the HomePod really is, though.
Is it a Google Home Or An Amazon Echo Competitor?
No. It’s a simple answer you don’t need to mull over for long.
It’s a culmination of six years of Apple engineering. Apple claims that the HomePod has been in the works since the past six years and is everything an audiophile would expect from a speaker if Apple manufactured one.
And manufactured one they did, and it’s utterly Apple in its promise.
It delivers on aesthetic, on quality, on ambiance, and even on the hype around the smart speaker. Apple is known for delivering at the highest of levels, and HomePod is no exception.
Google Home and Amazon Echo may be good speakers, but they are not in HomePod’s league, hence, any thoughts of Apple competing for a share of that market is slightly absurd. HomePod is for serious audiophiles and people who love the locked Apple environment.
For people who like playing spotify on Google Home or Podcasts on Amazon Echo using their Android devices, you’re out of luck. HomePod works the best with your iPhone and iPad and of course, Apple Music.
So, how does it do on the design front?