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Introducing Apple's Homepod – will you be purchasing?

APPLE HAS announced Homepod, a new voice-controlled speaker. The device will compete with Amazon's Alexa and Google Home, and is scheduled to be released later this year, the company said.

The Cupertino company described the 7in device – which comes in white and “space grey” – as a “breakthrough home speaker” designed to “rock the house”.

At the company's annual developers' conference, Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive said: “We want to reinvent home music,” and said there were many companies making products for enjoying music in the home but “none have nailed it yet”.

He also mentioned wireless speaker systems such as Sonos that “sound good but are not smart” and “other smart speakers” that “don’t sound great”.

“We want to combine this all,” he said.

Apple's Phil Schiller talks about the new HomePod speaker at WWDC.

HomePod is controlled using Siri, the company’s voice-activated personal assistant, which has, according to Apple, been trained to be better at answering questions about music such as “Hey Siri, who’s the drummer in this?”

“Apple reinvented portable music with iPod, and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing.

The device can also be used to send messages, get updates on news, sports and weather and control smart home devices connected using Apple’s HomeKit.

At $349 (£240.23), Homepod will be more expensive than Google Home and Amazon Echo, but cheaper than the Sonos Play 5.

Homepod will launch in the US, UK and Australia in December 2017 and in other markets in 2018.

For Apple fanatics: Will you be purchasing?

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