A month ago chief executive officer at Apple, Tim Cook announced a few new gadgets and this evening he’s unveiling a few more.
The first is a new HomePod, the HomePod mini.
The speaker features RGB lighting and Siri functionality. The speaker is downward facing and features Apple’s S5 chip which is using some interesting tech.
The S5 chip uses audio computation to analyse sound in real time and adapts the speaker’s responsiveness depending on the wave form of the sound.
The speaker can also sense when your iPhone is near and seamlessly switch where the music is playing.
“HomePod mini is the ultimate smart speaker for anyone with an Apple device. It works effortlessly with iPhone to hand off music, answer calls, or deliver personalized listening suggestions, elevates the sound from Apple TV, plays 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,” said vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing at Apple, Bob Borchers.
Siri integration includes being able to send a message, but we spotted something interesting.
Apple showed off which services will be supported by HomePod mini and curiously, there is no Spotify present.
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The HomePod mini also features something called Intercom which will broadcast messages across a network of Apple devices which seems great for families. Provided they have Apple devices strewn across the home.
Apple assures users that nothing will be sent to its servers until Siri is activated. Privacy, it says, is at the core of the HomePod mini
The HomePod mini will be available in White and Space Grey and goes on pre-order State-side on 6th November with a shipping date of 16th November
HomePod mini will retail for $99 in the US. There is no word on local availability as of time of writing.