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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is making a major push in the home "infotainment" space with the announcement of its $349 HomePod speakers featuring Siri's technologies. But is Siri ready for "prime time"?

According to CNET's Scott Stein, the answer is no. Speaking as a guest on CNBC's "Squawk Alley" segment on Tuesday, he explained that Apple gave a demonstration of HomePod's music playing capabilities during the WWDC presentation on Monday but Siri's functions was completely left out of the presentation.

As such, HomePod appears to be just a "music device for your home" with a questionable high-end price tag.

People Don't Like Siri

Joanna Stern, the Wall Street Journal's personal tech columnist, jumped in and shared a similar sentiment. As it stands, the HomePod is a music player that can perform basic tasks like setting alarms, she explained.

"My big worry is that Siri isn't as ready for prime time as [Amazon's] Alexa has been in the home," she said. "If you ask anyone they will give you more complaints about Siri — they will have more negative things to say about Siri than positive things."

However, the HomePod won't be released until December, which is a far time away so Apple has sufficient time to address the many concerns.

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