A HomePod Mini feature that Alexa cannot touch

When the Apple HomePod Mini arrived, my smart home loving friends were not impressed at all. With the feature post-feature announcement, he stated that “Alexa already does this,” “Google Assistant already does,” almost “The Simpsons completed it,” from South Park. Even Apple’s new intercom announcements have the capabilities of Alexa: it’s called Drop In.

I wasn’t impressed at all, because I’m not a huge smart home fan: my Echo Clock with Dot has more clock than speaker. I rarely think it to ask questions, I have not yet adapted my brain in that direction. But as I watched the incident, Apple found a way to change my mind.