Here's How Apple's New HomePod Speaker and iMac Pro Look in Person

Following the WWDC 2017 keynote today in San Jose, Apple invited members of the media for some hands on time with HomePod, its new Siri-enabled smart speaker and hub for controlling HomeKit accessories.

CNET has shared a gallery of HomePod pictures that provides a close-up look at the speaker, which looks somewhat like a smaller Mac Pro covered in a seamless mesh fabric. It'll be available in White and Space Gray.

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The top of the HomePod has a glossy finish with Siri colors glowing in the center. Since it's designed for home use, the HomePod doesn't have a battery, so it must be plugged into a wall outlet or other power source at all times.

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Meanwhile, Engadget has shared a gallery of iMac Pro pictures that show the all-in-one desktop computer in its stealthy new Space Gray finish, accompanied by a color-matched Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad.

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Apple said both the HomePod and iMac Pro will be available in December for $349 and $4,999 respectively.

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Top Rated Comments

Bbqthis Avatar
88 months ago
$349 for the speaker is ridiculous.

The regular Echo can be had for $149 and the Echo Show which has a goddamn screen and speaker is $249.
If HomePod is on par with Sonos, it's not a ridiculous price at all. Actually, it's a bargain.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Atlantico Avatar
88 months ago
It's been years, probably a decade since I was genuinely wowed by an Apple event. All those new Macs! Pro Macs coming.. with real GPUs.. It was like back when I was a youngling (sniff)

Awesome event, look forward to the iMac Pro and Mac Pro.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FactVsOpinion Avatar
88 months ago
Finally, the dark keyboard. White one looks tired now, and gets really grubby looking quickly.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac 128 Avatar
88 months ago
It's not a bad looking design. But I'm immediately turned off by the all-fabric enclosure. Regardless of whether you get black or white, this thing is going to be very hard to clean, and will definitely show dust, even with regular maintenance. I wonder if the enclosure can be completely removed to wash -- that would improve things considerably? I'd prefer something more like the Harman Kardon Aura, which Apple used to carry in their stores. Its amazing actually how similar those products are, from a straight-up sound perspective. The HK reminds me of an early 2000s-looking Apple design.

Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
levitynyc Avatar
88 months ago
$349 for the speaker is ridiculous.

The regular Echo can be had for $149 and the Echo Show which has a goddamn screen and speaker is $249.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DotCom2 Avatar
88 months ago
So what happens when you are in the same room with a HomePod and lots of other iDevices when you say Hey Siri.
Which answers?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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