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Apple HomePod out 9th February, pre–orders from 26th January

Apple HomePod

The HomePod, Apple’s Siri–equipped speaker, will finally be available from 9th February, with orders open from this Friday, 26th January.

It is the first time Apple's voice-activated digital assistant has worked on an at–home gadget, offering users the chance to interact with a feature that’s been a long–time staple of the iPhone.

“HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

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

The high–end tech is designed to put Apple’s speaker ahead of the more affordable Amazon Echo and Google’s Home. The HomePod costs a hefty £319.

The speaker was initially set for release in November, after being unveiled by Apple last June.

However, production challenges forced Apple to delay its launch until now.

The question remains as to whether consumers want Siri in their homes.

The virtual assistant remains a niche proposition among iPhone owners, with many people seemingly reluctant to speak into their handset in public.

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