First look: How does Apple’s HomePod speaker sound? –

Apple’s HomePod, the tech giant’s new Siri-controlled speaker, is coming a little late to the game. By the time it is released this December, Amazon’s Echo will be over three years old.

But rushing into a market has never been Apple’s priority and, besides, the HomePod is not quite like the Echo or Google’s rival Home device.

First and foremost, Apple wants you to know it is about music – and booming, high fidelity audio. The intelligent assistant part is secondary. That’s reflected both in the name, which harks back to the iPod, and the price: Apple hasn’t announced UK pricing, but to give you an idea its $349 (£270) US price compares to $180 (£140) for the Echo.


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