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Apple's HomePod misses the mark on almost everything except sound quality — here's the technology that went into building 'the ultimate music authority'

The HomePod has gotten a lot of bad feedback for its limitations as a smart speaker and voice assistant, but the reviews on its sound quality — especially for its size — have been pretty good. Apple says it spent six years and 200 patents to make its smart speaker sound "amazing," dubbing the final product "the ultimate music authority." The technology that it attributes its good sound quality to is called "beamforming," which detects the shape of the room and then emits three beams of sound accordingly.
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