Double or nothing: Certain standards only get applied to Apple

If you’ve been in an induced coma for the year… well, congratulations. That sounds pretty sweet. But to catch you up on the connected home speaker wars, here’s how it’s gone while you were out:

Before WWDC 2017: “APPLE MUST DELIVER A CONNECTED HOME SPEAKER SYSTEM OR BE SWEPT AWAY BY THE TIDES OF PROGRESS.”

After WWDC 2017: “HOMEPOD IS TOO EXPENSIVE AND TOO LATE AND SIRI IS TOO WEAK, AMAZON IS LOCKING UP THIS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT MARKET.”

That’s about all you missed. And some good TV but you can catch up on that.

Pundits are falling over each other like non-adorable but still stupid puppies in a big, dumb basket to lament Apple’s decision to position the HomePod as a high-end speaker system rather than a cheap home AI system. It may be a fair criticism that Apple’s not really competing as well as it should be the home virtual assistant market, which will be a problem when home automation starts to really take off (it hasn’t yet).

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