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Apple unveils HomePod; updates iPads, Macs and operating systems

The speaker that will rival Amazon's Echo is the first new product category from the tech giant since it rolled out the Apple Watch in 2015

The Siri-powered speaker HomePod looks spiffier than either Amazon's or Google's version - it's a Pringle-sized canister wrapped in a shiny mesh speaker - and it drew lots of attention at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.

San Jose, California

APPLE has long been an innovator in mobile technology. Yet, on Monday at its annual developer conference here, the company at times appeared as if it was playing catch up.

That was especially so when the company, the maker of the iPhone, took the wraps off...

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