HomePod gets a makeover: Apple unveils next-gen smart speaker

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The HomePod has returned! The larger version of the HomePod mini, which was no longer available in Apple’s product line in 2021, is now back with a new and improved model. Even though the new model appears similar to the original, many new features and updates are hidden within the mesh fabric.

The most significant update in the new HomePod is the introduction of Spatial Audio, a technology developed by Apple that uses Dolby Atmos to enhance the quality of music. The new HomePod, Apple’s flagship device, now supports this format. Additionally, the innovative home capabilities of the device have been improved, including the ability to detect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and the integration of temperature and humidity sensors that can trigger other devices, such as fans and blinds. Furthermore, the new HomePod also supports Matter, allowing it to connect with many home devices.

The HomePod truly shines when used in conjunction with the Apple TV 4K. By linking one or two HomePod speakers to your Apple TV or your entire TV setup using eARC on HDMI, the HomePod can function as an alternative to a traditional soundbar.

The second-generation HomePod is slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, despite the touch-sensitive pad on the top appearing larger. In addition, it has two fewer tweeters and microphones than the previous model, but it can still deliver the same or even better performance. This is achieved through its five tweeters, S7 chip, and room-sensing technology, which allows the device to adjust the sound in real-time based on the surrounding environment.

The mesh fabric that surrounds the device, available in white and black, is made from 100% recycled material. The power cable that comes with the device also aligns with this environmentally friendly approach.

The new version of HomePod is now available for purchase in either white or black for £299/$299. It will be available to be shipped starting on February 3rd.

 

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