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Apple HomePod plays music, controls your smart home

HomePod is Apple's first voice-enabled wireless speaker. Click through to take a tour of its many features.

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Meet the HomePod, Apple's $349 foray into voice-enabled wireless speakers (£319/AU$499). 

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The HomePod weighs 5.5 pounds, compared to the Amazon Echo's 1.8 pounds. 

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Apple's HomePod next to Google's Home Max. 

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The HomePod is designed to go anywhere in a room, but it's powered by an adapter, so you'll need an extension cord if it's going in the middle of a room.

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Apple's speaker works with Siri.

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It is Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled.

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The HomePod is bigger than Google's Home speaker. 

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Say, "Hey, Siri" to wake up the HomePod.

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Control the volume from the speaker with integrated plus and minus signs. 

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It works with Apple Music, AirPlay (soon AirPlay 2) and a variety of other Apple-specific music services. 

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Use the HomePod as a speakerphone. The center glows green when it's connected to a call.

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Amazon's Echo Plus next to the HomePod. 

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These indicator lights let you know Siri is listening. 

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In addition to playing music and acting as a speakerphone, the HomePod can answer general questions, send and read messages -- and control HomeKit devices. 

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Simply say "Hey, Siri," turn on the lights/open the shades/set the thermostat to 72 degrees and your HomePod will kick into action (just like your iPhone). 

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