Jason —

They already have done something to make portable versions of this for travelling: iPhone + AirPods 🤗😆

Apple has always used software/services to differentiate its hardware — not hardware to push its software/services. That means they’ll try to leverage the stickiness of all your favorite, proprietary iOS apps to make HomePod your only choice for smart home speakers. (For that job, I can’t think of two better services in their lineup than iMessage and Apple Music/iTunes.)

Furthermore, with Beats, Apple’s following the same tack they have with past acquisitions: integrate the leading technology into its products to propel itself onto a wave that it had missed; then shut-down the subsidiary, absorbing it under the Apple branding…

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