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How The Homepod Might Make Your iPhone Smarter

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The Homepod is due to come out in a few days and as the homepod hits shelves, I find myself wondering how the homepod will impact the rest of the Apple ecosystem. Obviously the homepod will have basic functionalities as a smart speaker and don't expect it to go after the likes of the Google  Home or Echo just yet. But with the brains of an iPhone 6 the homepod has plenty of horsepower to expand into more of a smart speaker / great speaker category rather than the great speaker and maybe a smart speaker category it is in right now, and it is that transition that I am interested in.

So What Is The Homepod?

Ever since 2014 Amazon has been pushing its Echo lineup a selection of smart speakers with Alexa built right into them, A concept unheard of before the time. Over time Alexa acquired quite a large following and Alexa could do more than ever, from turning on lights to getting you pizza. A few years later Google decided to come out with their Google home speaker with their Google Assistant built right in and ever since Google has been playing catchup with Amazon. And finally Apple decided to get in on the action. So apple comes out with the homepod  a smart speaker that puts sound quality first i.e it's going to sound phenomenal.

Image result for home pod and alexaSo Hows It Going To Make My iPhone Smarter?

Remember how I was raving about how Amazon created the smart speaker market? Well along the way Alexa got the backing of a lot of developers people were starting to make apps for Alexa. No Alexa might not be able to tell you how much a chipmunk weighs but she ( She? It? Did I just assume her gender?) more than makes up for that with "Skills" that are useful in the real world, and it is these skills that will make Siri great again. As of now Siri does have a bit of third party support, but with the advent of the homepod the number of people using Siri will dramatically increase and they want more functionality from their homepods, So its only logical to think that a lot more people are going to integrate Siri into their apps.Moreover apps like Spotify aren't natively supported on the homepod. So Spotify users are really missing out on the seamless experience of Apple Music. With Apple all set to overtake Spotify, which you can read about here. Spotify needs to fight tooth and nail to keep its subscribers. Intergrating Siri into Spotify is a great way to keep Spotify relevant on the homepod.

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Bring Those Skills Over To The iPhone

With more people developing apps for Siri it would be great if those developments made its way to the iPhone. This is really genius for one reason, You can improve Siri on the iPhone as much as you like and it still wouldn't impact the sales of the homepod one bit, as the homepod is marketed as a great sounding speaker first. This would make Siri way more useful on the iPhone and I frankly think that this will help Siri recapture some that lost sheen.

So these are my thoughts. How do you think the homepod will do?



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