Apple’s HomePod finally gets a little sibling for $99
Apple’s HomePod has stood out as something of an oddity among other smart speaker families, given the fact that while Amazon and Google have released multiple variants of their Echo and Home units, Apple has seen fit to release a one-size-fits-all device. However, that has changed with the introduction of the newly-minted HomePod Mini.
Remincient of the iPod Mini – which sold a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away – the HomePod Mini is a 3.3″ affair that retails for the princely sum of $99 USD. The HomePod Mini adopts a spherical form factor that distinguishes itself from its forebears’ cylindrical body.
Just like the regular HomePod, the HomePod Mini can be paired co-operatively with other units to create multi-device setups, and a stereo setup can be created by pairing two such models together.
The HomePod Mini serves up Apple’s S5 chipset to tune its sound to its environment with 360-degree firing speakers. Naturally, Siri captains the Mini just as it does the regular HomePod, and on the smaller version of the speaker a large and clear colour display will depict the smart assistant.
During the product’s reveal, Apple demonstrated that iPhone users can seamlessly utilise both products – such as by receiving tailored music reccomendations when near a relevant HomePod Mini, with controls becoming available on proximity.
Given that the Mini could also form part of a smart home, Apple’s Intercom system will enable family members to send voice messages to one another so long as multiple HomePods are available across the house and are in different rooms.
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