World News – US – Apple announces smaller HomePod mini for $ 99


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Apple has announced a new version of its HomePod smart speaker, the $ 99 HomePod mini – a smaller version of the speaker that shrinks the original model down to a more compact size

Like the full-size HomePod, the HomePod mini still features a mesh fabric exterior in black and white colors, along with a small screen on top to display the Siri waveform and volume controls. model is more of a short, spherical shape, however, instead of the oblong design of the original, and features a main speaker, two passive radiators and an « acoustic waveguide » on the bottom

The new HomePod mini features an Apple S5 chip, which Apple says enables « computer audio » processing to adjust the sound of your music 180 times per second Several HomePod mini speakers can also play music. music in sync and ‘intelligently’ creating a stereo pairing when placed in the same room Apple is also using U1 chips launched on iPhones from last year to create a better Handoff experience later this year

Also coming later this year: Apple’s promised support for third-party music services, a list that will include Pandora, Amazon Music, and iHeartRadio – but notably not Spotify

Apple has also launched a new ‘Intercom’ feature that allows customers with multiple HomePods in different rooms to communicate throughout the home. Intercom messages will also appear on connected iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches (although ‘they are not immediately played aloud, as they do on the HomePod mini)

The original HomePod cost $ 349 when it launched in 2018, making it significantly more expensive than Amazon’s Echo speakers or Google Home that high price tag, combined with the Apple limitations of the original (which doesn’t only worked with Apple Music, an issue Apple is only fixing now with iOS 14 this fall), made it a tough sell, especially compared to cheaper and higher Google and Amazon alternatives capable

And while Apple will eventually cut the price of the original HomePod (it’s now commonly $ 199 on sale), it’s still expensive.The new HomePod mini should help change that by offering features similar to the original but at a much more acceptable price

This is a big deal too, as the HomePod isn’t just a smart speaker – it serves as a central hub for all HomeKit devices, allowing users to control things like their lights or doors. when not at home, as well as enabling automation features for the Apple Home app A more accessible HomePod not only provides more ways for Apple to bring Siri and Apple Music into homes, it helps expand Apple’s full presence as part of your smart home setup

HomePod mini will retail for $ 99 Pre-orders start November 6 and ship November 16

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World news – US – Apple announces smaller HomePod mini for $ 99


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