Ap­ple prom­ises its Siri-pow­ered speaker as­sis­tant will be a good room­mate. US$349 | WWW.AP­PLE.COM/AU/HOMEPOD

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Hot tech gear we want to own

AI-pow­ered smarthome as­sis­tants are some of the hottest tech at the mo­ment, with Google re­leas­ing its Google As­sis­tant-pow­ered Home speaker lo­cally in July, Ama­zon con­firm­ing that it in­tends to bring the Echo Down Un­der, and Ap­ple’s rev­e­la­tion of the HomePod at its de­vel­op­ers con­fer­ence in June. With avail­abil­ity for the lat­ter slated for De­cem­ber, there’s still a bit of time be­fore you can grab this Siri-equipped smart speaker, but its well-po­si­tioned par­ent com­pany is claim­ing that its ex­ist­ing as­sis­tant ca­pa­bil­i­ties, broad soft­ware in­te­gra­tions and the HomePod’s high-qual­ity in­ter­nal speaker ar­ray will bring high-fidelity au­dio to a ‘Siri-smart’ speaker. JB

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