The smart speaker’s audio functionality continues to improve, but its Siri functionality remains limited.
Most people who have tried Apple’s HomePod smart speaker would agree that it sounds very good, but that its functionality relative to other devices in the category is limited in a number of key respects. Apple erased a few of those shortcomings today—chief among them the inability to play music in stereo using two HomePods, which Google’s upscale Google Home Max and Sonos speakers powered by Alexa have been able to do for some time now. Stereo pairing—which Apple first touted when it announced the HomePod nearly a year ago—is a new feature in AirPlay, Apple’s proprietary wireless technology for connecting audio devices. AirPlay 2, as the new version is called, was delivered in iOS 11.4, an update delivered earlier today.
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