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Apple to launch HomePod next month

Apple has revealed their new HomePod will launch next month.

The tech giant confirmed its smart speaker - which features top-end sound quality and combines Apple-engineered audio technology with advanced software - will be available to pre-order from this Friday (26.01.18).

The new device was first announced back in June last year with the hopes of December launch but was pushed back with Apple saying they needed a little more time.

Apple has claimed that the HomePod has spatial awareness meaning it will fill a room with sound no matter where it is placed.

Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said: "HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple.

"It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalogue and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, beautiful design that is so much fun to use.

"We're so excited for people to get HomePod into their homes, apartments and businesses to hear it for themselves. We think they will be blown away by the audio quality.

"The team has worked to give Siri a deeper knowledge of music so that you can ask to play virtually anything from your personal favourites to the latest chart-topping releases, simply by saying 'Hey Siri.'"

The new device is only equipped to deal with music, but it can also perform a range of other tasks including sending messages, setting timers and reminders.

Apple says HomePod will be able to turn on the lights, raise the shades and serves as the perfect home hub.

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