Apple says its new $350 speaker will 'reinvent home music' - here's what we know

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Apple's first new major product since the Apple Watch was announced this week: It's called HomePod, and it's unlike anything Apple's done before.

Apple HomePod white and black

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HomePod comes in two colors (for now): White and black.

It's a speaker, yes, but it's also a home assistant powered by Siri. It's Apple's equivalent of the Amazon Echo or Google Home - but mixed with a bit of the Sonos home speaker concept.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says HomePod is Apple's attempt to "reinvent home music." But what makes it different from the competition? Why would someone spend the extra money for HomePod?

Here are the best answers we've found.

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