Apple updates its smart home to catch up to Amazon and Google

Apple announced important updates for its digital assistant Siri, the HomeKit smart home platform and the HomePod smart speaker at the company’s developer conference. Here’s a look at the state of Apple’s smart home following the updates.

We also grade each announcement on its excitement factor from 1 to 5. Apple didn’t give us the hardware we were hoping for, but it did maintain a foundation of privacy while slowly but surely gaining ground. Perhaps it’s doomed to remain in third place in the smart home, but Apple could be a sleeping giant, still putting the pieces together.

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