Apple HomePod First Look and Unboxing AtReef Apple's long-awaited HomePod speakers are here and I LOVE IT. The new sound of home. Personally, I think "HomePod is a powerful speaker that sounds amazing and adapts to wherever it\u2019s playing. It\u2019s the ultimate music authority, bringing together Apple Music and Siri to learn your taste in music. It is also an intelligent home assistant, capable of handling everyday tasks \u2014 and controlling your smart home. HomePod takes the listening experience to a whole new level. And that\u2019s just the beginning." Apple.com It\u2019s funny to think about HomePod as a product that wasn\u2019t with us this time last year, but Apple\u2019s smart speaker didn\u2019t hit the market until February 9 after missing its original December 2017 launch window. In the 10 months since HomePod debuted, the smart speaker has steadily gained new features and found new fans alike. 9to5MAC Apple\u2019s pitch for HomePod in June was that wireless music speakers like Sonos and smart speakers like Amazon Echo exist, but not in the same package. That\u2019s not so much the case five months later (you can literally buy a Sonos speaker with Amazon Alexa built-in now), but HomePod will still probably be the best smart speaker for anyone deep in the Apple ecosystem. The bottom line for me is that I really enjoy using HomePod myself \u2014 for hours at a time every day \u2014 but I wouldn\u2019t gift HomePod (or any other smart speaker) to a family member just yet. HomePod just isn\u2019t that straightforward yet. HomePod instead feels more like the fourth generation Apple TV. That product debuted with new capabilities like Siri control and an app platform, but took a few software updates over several months to feel closer to complete with a proper remote app and basic features like dictating text in search boxes and app folders.HomePod has a lot of that low hanging fruit just waiting to be picked \u2014 not to mention major feature additions that could dramatically improve the experience for mainstream customers \u2014 all without requiring new hardware. HomePod is a powerful speaker that sounds amazing, adapts to wherever it\u2019s playing, and together with Apple Music, gives you effortless access to one of the world\u2019s largest music catalogs. All controlled through natural voice interaction with Siri. It takes the listening experience to a whole new level. And that\u2019s just the beginning.