5 ways Homepod will beat Ama­zon Echo and Google Home (and 5 ways it won’t)

The bat­tle lines are drawn.

Macworld (USA) - - Playlist - BY MICHAEL SI­MON

Ap­ple’s Homepod smart speaker is fi­nally here. Af­ter a month-long de­lay that caused it to miss the all-im­por­tant hol­i­day-shop­ping sea­son, Ap­ple has an­nounced that the Homepod will be­gin ship­ping on Fe­bru­ary 9, more than eight months af­ter we first got a glimpse of it at WWDC.

Ap­ple is billing the Homepod as an au­dio de­vice (hence its home un­der the Mu­sic tab on Ap­ple.com), but in the age of grow­ing Ama­zon Echo ( go.mac­world.com/ acho) and Google Home ( go.mac­world. com/g0h0) de­vices, it needs to be much more than a re­ally good speaker to

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