Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

‘The HomePod’s Fancy Technology Is Wasted’

This post from Kirk McElhearn runs through a litany of complaints he has with the HomePod, but the one that has stuck out to me is how much high technology is in every HomePod for what is effectively a niche product. I’m not sure whether the HomePod is a failure — there are plenty of people I know who love theirs; and, at any rate, it’s hard to know whether Apple intended this to be anything more than a small-scale early-stage experiment. But I wonder if some of this advanced speaker technology is being prototyped for a wider rollout in the company’s more mainstream products. Perhaps this is a test bed for getting impossibly good sound out of the speakers in a MacBook or an iMac, for example.