Apple introduces its HomePod mini speaker

This image provided by Apple shows the new HomePod Mini that the company introduced on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. (Apple via AP)

Apple® today introduced HomePod mini ™, the latest addition to the HomePod® family that delivers impressive sound, the intelligence of Siri® to get things done, and a smart home experience that offers comfort and convenience without complexity. At just 3.3 inches tall, HomePod mini is packed with innovative technologies and advanced software that together enable computational audio to deliver revolutionary audio quality wherever it is placed. HomePod mini will be available in white and space gray at a great price of just $ 99, the AP reports.

HomePod mini, the latest addition to the HomePod family, stands 3.3 inches tall and offers impressive sound, the intelligence of Siri, and smart home capabilities. (Photo: Business Wire)

“The HomePod mini has everything customers want in a smart speaker: incredible sound for listening to music, a world-class smart assistant that brings a personal experience to every member of the household, and like all Apple products, 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 stream music, answer calls or provide personalized listening suggestions, elevate the sound of Apple TV, play music from a Mac, and more. There's a lot of Apple innovation in such a small speaker, all at an affordable price. '

HomePod mini is designed to work with Apple Music®, podcasts, radio stations from iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, and in the coming months, popular music services such as Pandora and Amazon Music. Multiple HomePod mini speakers work together to stream music or podcasts to multiple rooms, all in perfect sync. By placing two HomePod mini speakers in a single room, a stereo pair can be created for a spacious soundstage, filling the space with rich, immersive sound.

Incredible sound

HomePod mini offers an incredibly rich and detailed acoustic experience, using computational audio to deliver maximum performance. To achieve great sound with such a compact design, the Apple S5 chip in HomePod mini works with advanced software to analyze the unique characteristics of music and apply complex tuning patterns to optimize volume, adjust dynamic range, and control movement. driver and passive radiators in real time. The Apple-designed full-range driver, powered by a neodymium magnet and a pair of passive force-canceling radiators, enables deep bass and crisp high frequencies.

Applying the same acoustic principles used to deliver incredible sound on the HomePod, the HomePod mini features an Apple-designed acoustic waveguide to direct the flow of sound down and out toward the bottom of the speaker for an immersive audio experience of 360 degrees. This allows customers to place the HomePod mini almost anywhere in a room and hear consistent sound. A three-microphone array hears "Hey Siri," and a fourth, inward-facing microphone helps isolate the sound coming from the speaker to improve voice detection when playing music.

Powerful smart assistant

With the intelligence of Siri, HomePod mini offers a deeply integrated and personalized experience for iPhone® customers. Siri can identify who is speaking and tailor music and podcasts to your preferences, and respond to personal requests, such as accessing messages, reminders, notes, and calendar appointments, or making and answering phone calls. 1 Siri also offers users a personal update for a quick snapshot of their day. With a single request, users can ask Siri "What's my update?" to hear the latest news, weather, traffic, reminders, and calendar appointments.

The HomePod mini works effortlessly with Apple devices, making it easy to take an incoming call, listen to music on your Mac®, or enhance your TV experience by taking Apple TV® sound to the next level. When listening to music on iPhone, customers can simply bring their device closer to the HomePod mini and stream the music smoothly and without missing a beat. And later this year, the experience is further enhanced with visual, audible and haptic effects when sound is transferred from one device to another. 2 Personalized listening suggestions will also automatically appear on iPhone when it's next to HomePod mini, and instant controls are available without having to unlock iPhone. two

Smart home controls and new intercom system

HomePod mini makes controlling smart home accessories easier than ever with simple voice commands for Siri to turn off the lights, change the temperature, close the doors, or set a scene. HomePod mini is the perfect home hub, providing access to smart home accessories while you're at home or on the go.

A new intercom feature offers a quick and easy way for family members to connect with each other at home. A person can send an intercom message from one HomePod to another, whether it is in a different room, a specific area, or in multiple rooms in the house, and their voice will automatically play on the HomePod's designated speaker. Intercom works with iPhone, iPad®, Apple Watch®, AirPods®, and CarPlay®, so everyone in the home can receive Intercom notifications and send Intercom messages from the backyard or on the way home.

Designed with privacy and security in mind

Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of Apple hardware, software and services. With HomePod mini, only after "Hey Siri" is recognized locally on the device, or the user activates Siri by touch, will information be sent to Apple's servers. Requests are not associated with the user's Apple ID, and personal information is not sold to advertisers or other organizations. HomePod mini works with iPhone to complete message and note requests on the device without revealing that information to Apple.

Additional characteristics:

Siri Shortcuts ™ created on iPhone and iPad are accessible on HomePod mini, so users can ask Siri on HomePod mini to make a cup of coffee, control a robot vacuum, add milk to the shopping list, and more.

Ambient sounds, including rain, a fireplace, a stream, and more, provide the perfect background noise for concentrating, relaxing, or falling asleep. Siri can set a sleep timer so sounds stop playing automatically.

Find My helps locate an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch®, Mac, or Apple Watch that has been lost by playing a sound to pinpoint its location.

HomePod mini web search results can be sent directly to the user's iPhone for easy viewing.

Music alarms allow users to wake up to a favorite Apple Music song, playlist, or radio station.

HomePod mini and the environment

HomePod mini was designed with the environment in mind and supports Apple's plan to have zero net climate impact across its entire business, including manufacturing supply chains and all product lifecycles, by 2030. HomePod mini uses 99 percent recycled rare earth elements, with the Neodymium Magnet in the speaker driver using 100% recycled rare earth elements. The seamless mesh fabric is made with more than 90 percent recycled plastic, and all the packaging wood fibers come from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources. The HomePod mini is also free of mercury, brominated flame retardants, PVC, and beryllium.

HomePod mini uses low-power components and software that can intelligently shut down during periods of inactivity. For example, through optimized power management features and a high-efficiency power supply, HomePod mini has been designed to be efficient in its low-power mode, where it spends most of its time. The result is that the HomePod mini is energy efficient right out of the box. HomePod mini consumes 75 percent less energy than the stringent ENERGY STAR requirements.

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