Jaded. But hopeful. Those are my colors for the day. I’m jaded because Apple seems to think it’s OK to sell old products as if they are new (think MacBook Air and Mac mini, among others). It’s not. Apple does it anyway.
Yet, here I am somewhat hopeful; hoping that a few rumors on the streets might have some legs that will take followers to the truth. A new Siri. A new HomePod. Siri seems to be the weakest of the talking speakers, and HomePod adoption isn’t setting sales records (although Bambi Brannan applied some interesting math to HomePod competitors).
Speak To Me
First, let me tell you what I think of HomePod. I have one. One. Not two. No stereo because Apple hasn’t figured out how to do it. Yet. I want stereo and I wish I could afford HomePod for multiple rooms in the Mincey Plantation home because… insert drum roll here… HomePod sounds freakin’ great.
Apple has the hardware nailed. HomePod is an awesome speaker considering the size and price tag. Unfortunately, HomePod is compared against Amazon Echo and Alexa, and compared to almost any other
talking stalking speaker, Siri is stupid.
That needs to change. So does HomePod’s $349 price tag.
Second, back to the rumor mill and street talk. Supposedly, and your mileage may vary, Siri is willing to tease us about upcoming changes to Siri, perhaps as soon as WWDC in early June. Some Apple customers asked Siri, “Tell me about WWDC.”
Supposedly, Siri responded:
I don’t want to brag, but I’m getting a lot smarter. It must be all that light night studying I’ve been doing…
Then a link to WWDC, Apple’s upcoming developer’s conference.
I asked Siri to tell me about WWDC on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and all I got was a reference to WWDC. No hints.
Maybe Siri knows I called her stupid a few times.
Despite more riches than most developed countries, Apple seems to have fallen behind the curve on a few products; Siri, Mac, HomePod, et al. A stereo set of HomePod mini’s–$400 for a set, $200 each– would help set the world on fire, but only if Siri becomes smarter.
Worse, Siri isn’t the same Siri on HomePod as Siri is on iPhone or iPad. Siri gives different answers to the same questions or queries on different devices. What’s with that, Apple?
The world is ready for a smarter Siri and a more affordable HomePod.