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Meet Apple's HomePod, its brand-new Siri speaker

Meet Apple's new HomePod smart speaker, which for $349 will have the Siri assistant on board and take on the Amazon Echo and Google Home. 

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Designed with a unique surface

The Apple HomePod speaker has a cross-hatched mesh surface.

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Apple's HomePod is a smart speaker for your home


Know when the HomePod is listening

Like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, the Apple HomePod sports LEDs on top that let you know when it's paying attention.

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A speaker with premium looks

The distinctive triangular cross-hatch pattern runs the full length of the HomePod speaker.

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Apple's HomePod in Space Gray

Apple's new HomePod smart speaker will come in a space gray finish in addition to white. 

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Apple's HomePod debuts at WWDC 2017

Phi Schiller introduces the HomePod, Apple's new smart speaker, on stage at WWDC 2017.

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Powered by a mobile chip

Running the show inside the Apple HomePod will be an A8 mobile processor.


Surround sound is on board

Along with a robust A8 processor, inside the Apple HomePod are seven speakers plus a subwoofer for directional sound. 


More than just a speaker

The Apple HomePod will be a gateway to Apple's universe of apps and services all accessible through your voice and the Siri AI assistant.


Ask HomePod your questions

The Apple HomePod is designed to hunt down answers to your questions when you ask it to.


Your voice in the crowd

The Apple HomePod will be able to know when you're talking to it and where you are in the room.

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A price far from entry-level

With the relatively steep price compared with the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Google Home, the $249 Apple won't come cheap. 

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HomePod beam

Among other features, Apple discussed a spatial awareness feature that can shape the audio output based on the shape a room.


Another look at the space gray HomePod variant.


The original HomePod

Don't forget about the original HomePod, an iTunes player dating back to 2003.

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