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First Hands-On with Apple’s HomePod Reveals Closer Look at Smart Speaker [VIDEOS]

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With Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker, the company is pushing it as a smarter speaker than Amazon Alexa, with better sound than a Sonos speaker.

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HomePod has seven beam-forming tweeters throughout, along with an in-house made 4-inch subwoofer, with the device being powered by Apple’s A8 chip. The device has room-sensing technology, which is supposed to modify sound based on its placement. The speaker will respond to your “Hey Siri” commands.

The device measures 6.8 inches by 5.6 inches (17.2cm by 14.2 cm) and weighs 5.5 pounds (2.5kg).

Here are some of the first hands-on videos of HomePod on YouTube, shared by outlets which attended Apple’s hands-on press area after the WWDC keynote:

CNET:

Germany’s CURVED (it’s in German):

Turkey’s Donanim Haber (in Turkish):

Priced at $349 USD ($470 CAD), HomePod (who would’ve guessed that name?!) will debut in the U.S., UK and Australia in December, but the rest of world in 2018. That means Canadians will miss out on HomePod at launch, so start contacting your American friends and family now.

We’ll update this post as more HomePod hands-on videos hit the web.

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  • Rick in Ajax

    Seems it only works with the iPhone. I’d like to use it with my iMac if I buy it. Be nice to include the tv so I do not have to buy a sound bar.

  • Olley

    better work with Spotify if not bye.

  • Axf

    so unlike able to announce a product 6 months before the launch

  • Probably to get ahead of leaks and to allow more time for production.

  • Andrew Viarruel

    It’s disappointing that Canada is being left in the dust this time

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