Alongside the iPhone 12 series, Apple has unveiled the long-rumored HomePod mini at its hardware event in Cupertino today. this is often a small spherical smart speaker, a younger sibling to the first HomePod, backed by Siri. It also comes at a very affordable price to tackle the Alexa-powered Echo and Google Assistant-backed Nest Audio.
Just like its elder sibling, the HomePod mini is roofed in mesh fabric (made with quite 90% recycled plastic) and includes slightly surface to regulate the quantity and music playback at the highest . This surface also lights up once you call upon Siri. It not only allows you to ask queries, get weather updates but also control your smart home devices.
The HomePod mini features a main driver, two passive radiators, and an acoustic waveguide at rock bottom “for an immersive 360-degree audio experience”. this is often including Apple’s S5 chip to enable computational audio technology that adjusts how the music sounds 180 times per second.
Apple is applying a series of complex tuning models to “optimize loudness, adjust the dynamic range, and control the movement of the driving force .” you’ll , of course, create a stereo pair using 2 HomePod mini speakers. It also includes four microphones – 3 to concentrate to your ‘Hey Siri’ requests and one inward-facing to isolate sound and improve voice detection.
The handout adds, “It works effortlessly with iPhone handy off music, answer calls or deliver personalized listening suggestions, elevates the sound from Apple TV, plays music from a Mac, then far more .” The HomePod mini also comes features Apple’s U1 chip, which enables you to bring your iPhone on the brink of the smart speaker to hand-off music playback. you’ll also see music controls and suggestions without having to unlock the device but there’s a catch. This feature will only get activated later this year.
The HomePod mini has been priced at $99 and can be available in two color variants, namely Space Grey and White. it’ll compete against Google’s recently unveiled Nest Audio and therefore the Alexa-backed 4th-gen Echo, which is additionally a spherical orb just like the Mini.
If you’re getting to buy the HomePod Mini in India, you’d be excited to understand that it’s been priced at Rs. 9,900 within the country. This smart speaker are going to be up for pre-order from 6th November and can begin shipping from 16th November. it’ll be available to shop for from Apple’s online store and authorized resellers.