After what seems like an endless wait, Apple’s HomePod finally lands this week. You can read our freshly posted review — it’s the next best thing to actually buying the thing (and a lot less experience).

We’re also trying something a bit new, with a liveblog reaction, discussing Apple’s first foray into the smart speaker category and answering some questions along the way. If you’ve got any burning queries about the product, feel free to reach out to Matthew (@panzer), Megan (@meganrosedickey) and myself (@bheater) over on Twitter, and we’ll do our best to answer them down below.

Of course, Apple’s far from the first company to enter the category. Both Amazon and Google have been operating in the smart speaker space for some time with the Echo and Home (respectively). But the HomePod marks an important next step for Siri, finally bringing the smart assistant into the living room in a meaningful way. And, of course the product does so in a way that’s uniquely Apple.


Matthew Panzarino
February 7, 20188:22 am

Brian, I would say that because I said that in my review. Unfortunately, it is now a pull quote and I am cringing hard.


Brian Heater
February 7, 20188:22 am

Why do you drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?


Matthew Panzarino
February 7, 20188:22 am

I’d rather have a HomePod in front of me than have to have a frontal lobotomy. Just different ways of dealing with the pain.


Brian Heater
February 7, 20188:22 am

Matthew, would you say that the HomePod is “easily the best sounding mainstream speaker, ever?”


Brian Heater
February 7, 20188:21 am


Megan Rose Dickey
February 7, 20188:21 am

I, for one, will not be buying the HP. Can I refer to it as HP? Or is that confusing for people?


Matthew Panzarino
February 7, 20188:20 am


Megan Rose Dickey
February 7, 20188:20 am

Wassup suckers? Ready to rage on this HomePod?


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