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Has your Apple HomePod arrived in the mail yet? If so, you already know what's coming. If not, have a look. Even the outside packaging is unexpectedly impressive...

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Pull to open

We've grown used to Apple's easy-to-open product packaging, but we were pleasantly surprised to see an easy-open tab on the actual shipping box. 

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That's all it takes

And...

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Hello, speaker!

It's ready to pull out.

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Packing tabs

Those two tabs on either side aren't super easy to navigate, but...

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Free at last

...they're not hard either.

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Out of the box

Here's the product out of its box.

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Time to open and set up!

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Another tab to pull

Here's how you free the box from its plastic wrapper. Just tug on that tab...

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No more plastic

... and the plastic falls away.

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Vertical drop

The box opens by being pulled from the top.

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Pre-removal

Here's the layout before the HomePod is removed from its cardboard packing base. 

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Where to find the instructions

You'll find the instructions under the HomePod's packing base, after you remove the device.

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Under the speaker

Here's what the bottom of the smart speaker looks like. Keep on going for still more step-by-step photos of unboxing, instructions, set-up, and, of course, that iconic Apple decal.

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Cord packaging

The cord packaging looks a little dismayed to be without a cord, but it'll be fine.

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Cloth-covered cord

It's hard to see here, but the cord on the HomePod doesn't feel rubbery or hard. It's wrapped in fabric.

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Let's see here...

We returned to the packaging to dig out the instructions.

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Here's the how-to

That's it? Well, OK. Here goes...

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On an iPhone...

Here's what comes up when you're ready to set up.

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Waiting for power...

This is what it looks like unplugged.

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It's on!

And here's what it looks like when the power is connected. You'll also hear a tone, letting you know that the smart device is awake.

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This doesn't do anything...

...but we were tempted to try it anyway.

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Glam shot

It's ready for you to command!

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Don't forget this

Don't forget to look for the decal, if you're into decals. This one comes with the how-to pamphlet.

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