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Former Apple designer to launch rival to HomePod and Sonos

Tim Bradshaw

One of Apple’s best-known former designers is raising funds to launch a “revolutionary” new home audio system to rival Sonos and the iPhone maker’s HomePod later this year, according to several people familiar with the plans. Having spent more than 20 years working closely with Jony Ive in Apple’s design team, Christopher Stringer left Silicon Valley in 2017 to start his new venture, Syng, in Venice Beach, Los Angeles. Mr Stringer, who was born in Australia but grew up and studied in England, is named on more than 1,400 US patents, including for designs related to the iPhone, Apple Watch and HomePod.