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If You Show Up to a Bake Off…

… you better be ready to bake.

This is the torture that the HomePod is getting slammed with now. How many questions can we throw at it? What percentage will it get right compared to Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Taking Siri into the HomePod form factor immediately exposes its gaps compared to the other AI assistants. So what strategy could Apple have taken?

Limit it to music.

Since that’s presumably what users want from the HomePod, they shouldn’t mind that it’s a limited to the music domain. In fact, if they go deep in music, it could create a superior experience that would make it worth the premium price tag.

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