Apple unveiled the 3.3-inch tall HomePod Mini. The newest addition to the HomePod family that gives amazing sound, the intelligence of Siri, and a smart home experience that offers comfort and convenience without complexity.
The new smart speaker has Siri built-in and can control your smart home devices too and automatically integrates with the Home app for this purpose.
HomePod mini comes with innovative technologies and advanced software that together enable computational audio to deliver breakthrough audio quality.
“HomePod mini has everything customers want in a smart speaker — amazing sound for listening to music, a world-class intelligent assistant that delivers a personal experience to each member of the household, and like every Apple product, it’s designed with privacy and security in mind,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “HomePod mini is the ultimate smart speaker for anyone with an Apple device. It works effortlessly with iPhone to hand off the music, answer calls, or deliver personalized listening suggestions, elevates the sound from Apple TV, play music from a Mac, and so much more. There’s a lot of Apple innovation packed into such a small speaker, all at an affordable price.”
Siri on the HomePod Mini can recognize the voices of each member of your home and can access the apps in your iPhone, read and send messages and interact with various apps. It can also give you personal updates.
A new Intercom feature allows you to instantly send an Intercom message from one HomePod to another in a different room and works with every other Apple device and service, and will autoplay on HomePod speakers and AirPods, while the other devices will get notifications for each such message. Intercom works with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay.
Apple is focused on privacy, with HomePod mini, the company will only store your audio if you let it. Requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID, and personal information is not sold to advertisers or other organizations.
The personal updates are only available for you at home, and everything is encrypted as you’d expect. The device works with Apple Music, iHeartRadio, radio.com, and TuneIn for now, while in the future Pandora and Amazon Music will be supported too.
It has a backlit touch-sensitive top, with play, pause, and volume controls. This illuminates when Siri is active.
HomePod mini will be available for order in white and space gray on November 6 at a great price of just $99, and it will start shipping on November 16.
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