Re: Dream On Apple
"While I agree that's what everyone says I have an Alexa speaker in my kitchen and she seems worse than Siri at following commands."
The statistics don't lie. Voice assistants are measured on two metrics - question recognition (the ability to recognize that a question is, in fact, a question), and ability to answer (the capacity to provide a correct answer to a question).
Google dominates - it has a score of roughly 80/80. Cortana follows on about 60/70, with Alex coming in third at 20/60. Siri languishes at 20/20, barely better than Samsung's dire Bixby (about 20/15). Apple really haven't made much progress in the area, while all the major competitors have done much better - probably directly because Apple is much less interested in compiling large amounts of useful training data, while Google, Amazon and Microsoft all already had large databases available for the purpose and an incentive to increase those databases for other business interests (Search businesses, online shopping, advertizing revenue etc).
"In general I'd say Apple waits to get a product right and enters markets where they feel the existing products can be outdone. "
Apple does best in immature markets. The iPhone wasn't the first smartphone, but the smartphone market barely existed prior to 2007. The iPod wasn't the first MP3 player, but the MP3 market was tiny and reliant on stolen media prior to 2004. Apple is undeniably very, very good at moving into an immature market and dominating it for a few years, before losing market share to a competitor who is willing to play the commodity game (Wintel in PCs, Android in phones/tablets, generic competitors in MP3 players prior to streaming destroying the whole market). They're also very, very good at building ancillary markets onto an existing one - think iTunes for the iPod, the App store for phones. First mover advantage on those creates the lock-in effect that Apple relies on to extract maximum value from a marketplace before abandoning it and moving on to the next Big Thing.
Unfortunately, they've missed the boat with home assistants. The underlying economics don't add up - even with a decent speaker attached, home assistants will only ever be sensibly priced for consumers when subsidized by datamining - and their rivals have mature app/skill stores and, quite frankly, just plain better tech, which is improving faster, at a lower price.