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Apple Unveils HomePod Speaker, Taking on Amazon and Google

  • Siri speaker emphasizes music, costs more than double rivals
  • First major new Apple hardware product since the Watch
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Apple Inc. entered the growing field of voice-controlled speakers for the home on Monday, taking on early leaders Amazon.com Inc. and Google.

Apple’s speaker, called HomePod, emphasizes the enjoyment of music and looks like a wide can with curved edges. Unlike Amazon’s new Echo Show, Apple’s device does not have a screen. It will allow users to talk to Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, while at home and costs $349 -- almost double the price of most competing products.