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After a brief delay, Tim Cook and Apple are finally ready to release their response to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Standing at just under seven inches tall, the Apple HomePod is a mesh-wrapped cylinder that’s pitched as a music-first wireless speaker – it’s unsurprising, then, that the latest product by the Cupertino giant uses seven different tweeters, a huge upwards-facing bass woofer that sits in the middle and automatic spacial awareness that creates a sound profile tailored to the acoustics in your room. This device will also bring Siri into your abode, meaning that your everyday tasks tasks – from creating reminders to checking the weather – can be done with just your voice. Available in-store on 9 February in either white or space grey.
Apple HomePod Speaker
Ideal for a long weekend away, this leather holdall by Purdey is crafted from durable English oak bark tanned leather – a rarity given that only one tannery in the West Country still tans using this traditional method. Key specs include an expandable feature for any last-minute packing dilemmas, an embossed serial number and reinforced corners and leather base. Better still, it comes with leather food, a dust bag and cleaning cloth, meaning that you can keep it in pristine condition for years to come.
The 48HR full oak bark leather Havana bag by Purdey
We’re finally seeing out the Arctic-like freeze, and so those dark, cold days are soon to be over. However, most of us may still need a little morning pick-me-up to ease out the final weeks of the winter chill, and what better brand to help than Australian skincare expert Aēsop? Its classic shampoo is made from a formula that blends oils of cedarwood bark and juniper berry (ingredients which will carefully clean your hair) and the vegetable protein it uses will hydrate and soften each strand.
For maximum impact, follow it up with the classic conditioner – a lightweight product that will neither weigh down hair nor give it any unnecessary volume. The opulent and traditional-style packaging is worth buying alone.
Classic shampoo and conditioner by Aēsop
Forget your tablet and laptop and go traditional whenever you want to take notes. Constructed from a single bar of solid machined aluminium, Minimalux’s ‘Travel Pen Light’ is the most opulent way to jot down any ideas or upcoming plans you have.
Travel pen light
Thanks to Jekyll & Hide, the backpack has been given a premium upgrade. Made for business, commuting or travel, it’s created in a slim and streamlined design, but also has enough room (including two main packing areas) to stow away your daily essentials. While the back section can easily secure a 15” laptop and tablet, the middle can also accommodate a set of clothes or shoes, your work documents and various bits of tech. The additional secure back pockets are also intended to protect those miniature valuables in a seamless and fuss-free way.
15" backpack by Jekyll and Hide
With curved panels of wood veneer, the Dime cabinet takes inspiration from the movements of a spinning coin. Made by Splinter Works, the exterior’s segments fold back to reveal the bar inside (in which you can store all your favourite spirits) as well as rack slots that’ll stow away bottles of wine, and shelves to hold all glassware. Subtle yet decadent, this is the ultimate home essential.
Dime bar cabinet
This retro-styled mirrorless camera is made for the everyday photographer. When slotted together with the XC15-45mm powered zoom lens, it weighs just 496 grams, making it the lightest camera-lens combination in the X series lineup – perfect for when you’re travelling. The model also has a brand new 24.2-megapixel sensor with on-chip phase detection (a feature that makes autofocus up to twice as fast as its predecessor) and the built-in Bluetooth technology means it can be operated from a mobile device, allowing users to share photos online. Other specs include a large rear LCD monitor that can rotate 180 degrees and 4K video capture.
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