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Say hello to Apple's HomePod smart speaker

Here's a look at the HomePod, Apple's new connected home device competing with the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

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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

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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.

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Surround sound is on board

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

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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.

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Ask HomePod your questions

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

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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.

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Another look at the space gray HomePod variant.

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The original HomePod

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

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