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HomePod Reinvents Music In The Home by Apple Press Release
Apple. News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM170611HOMEPOD
Date: 11 June 2017

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Available for sale in December 2017, Apple's HomePod is their answer to the Amazon Echo or Google Home, and will be available in White and Space Gray, with an MSRP of $349 US.

From release/information:

Sneak Peek of Apple-Designed Home Music Speaker with Amazing Sound Quality and Intelligence

San Jose, California -- Apple today (June 5, 2017) announced HomePod, a breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers amazing audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.  Designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music.  HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings.  HomePod will be available starting in December, initially in Australia, the UK, and the US.

"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.  "HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence, and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music, and be a helpful assistant around your home."

Pricing and Availability
HomePod will be available for $349 (US) in white and space gray starting in December initially in Australia, the UK, and the US.  HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, running iOS 11.

(Source: Apple.

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