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Apple poised to expand into speaker market with HomePod

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In this Monday, June 5, 2017, file photo, the HomePod speaker appears on display during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose , Calif. Pre-orders for the HomePod will begin Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in the U.S, U.K. and Australia, two weeks before the speaker goes on sale in stores. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is finally ready to launch its attempt to compete with the internet-connected speakers made by Amazon and Google with the release of its long-awaited HomePod.