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Apple's HomePod to ship in February

Apple's HomePod. Photo: Apple

Apple will finally begin to ship its $349 HomePod speaker on February 9, the company said on Tuesday. Customers can begin pre-ordering this Friday.

Background: Apple’s Siri-powered entry in the smart speaker category was originally supposed to ship last year, after it was unveiled in June. It's already behind Amazon's Echo line of speakers and the Google Home.