Apple today announced the new HomePod Mini smart speaker, the smaller, lower-cost version of the full-size Apple HomePod. The Mini costs just $ 99. You can order yours on November 6th and it will ship on November 1
The HomePod Mini has a compact spherical design that is even more adorable than the full-size HomePod. It is a modern mesh fabric that is available in both white and space gray, as well as a backlit touch surface on which you can adjust the volume. It even lights up when you activate Siri.
The smart speaker has the U1 chip that enables Ultra Wideband support. The chip allows devices to communicate with each other and perform actions such as moving music from your phone to the speaker by simply holding your phone near the speaker. In addition, multiple speakers in a room can automatically couple and play stereo music.
The new Mini has a main driver, two passive radiators for better bass reproduction and an acoustic waveguide at the bottom for 360-degree sound, so it sounds good regardless of its position in a room. In the near future, Pandora and Amazon Music will be supported, which Apple has been missing so far.
Apple emphasized improvements to Siri with the HomePod Mini and brought Siri much closer to competing services like the Google Assistant. It’s now faster, provides more precise answers, and is smarter, so you can search for songs by lyrics, for example. One big deal and something that many smart assistants struggle with is multi-user support. HomePod Mini can easily recognize people in your family and offer them personalized suggestions and answers.
There’s deeper integration with your iPhone with app access so you can send messages, listen to your daily updates, and even send suggestions to CarPlay based on your needs. So you can ask Siri, “When does Target close?” and CarPlay automatically shows the route to your destination and is ready to use when you get into your car.
The HomePod Mini has improved smart home integration and offers more convenience and convenience without complexity. Scenes allow you to control multiple smart devices at the same time, much like Google Assistant Routines. With simple voice controls you can dim the lights, lock doors and change the temperature.
The Mini also works as an intercom so you can send messages to other speakers in the house. This feature even works from your phone, so you can talk to the people in your house on the go. This also applies to CarPlay and works with AirPods no matter where your family is or what they’re doing.
Security is always important to Apple, so the HomePod Mini was of course designed with this in mind. Requests are never linked to an Apple ID. You can decide whether or not your requests are stored at Apple, and each request is heavily encrypted.
The HomePod Mini is only $ 99 and comes in white and space gray. Despite its small size, it impresses with its improved design for music playback, the deep Siri integration and the excellent intercom function. You can order yours from Apple on November 6th.