Apple has introduced HomePod mini, the newest 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 breakthrough audio quality wherever it is placed. HomePod mini will be available in white and space gray at a great price of just $99.
HomePod mini is designed to work with Apple Music, podcasts, radio stations from iHeartRadio, radio.com, and TuneIn, and in the coming months, popular music services including 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 wide soundstage, filling the space with rich, enveloping sound.
With the intelligence of Siri, HomePod mini delivers a personalized and deeply integrated experience for iPhone customers. Siri can identify who is speaking and tailor music and podcasts to their preferences, and respond to personal requests, like accessing messages, reminders, notes, and calendar appointments, or making and answering phone calls. Users can ask Siri “What’s my update?” to hear the latest news, weather, traffic, reminders, and calendar appointments.
HomePod mini integrates with other Apple devices. You can use HomePod mini to pick up an incoming call, listen to music on the Mac, or upgrade the TV experience by taking the sound from Apple TV to the next level. When listening to music on iPhone, customers can bring their device close to HomePod mini and seamlessly hand off the music without missing a beat.
HomePod mini also has an intercom system that can be used to control smart accessories. It can be used to turn off the lights, change the temperature, lock the doors, or set a scene.
The intercom system can be used as an easy way for family members to connect with each other at home. One person can send an intercom message from one HomePod to another, and their voice will automatically play on the designated HomePod speaker. Intercom works with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods and CarPlay.
Perhaps the most reassuring part of HomePod mini is that it was designed with privacy and security in mind. With HomePod mini, only after “Hey Siri” is recognized locally on the device, or the user activates Siri by touch, will any information be sent to Apple servers. Requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID, and personal information is not sold to advertisers or other organizations.
HomePod mini will be available in white and space gray for $99 (US) from apple.com., in the Apple Store app, and Apple Store locations.
Customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan Spain, the UK and the US are able to order HomePod mini beginning at 5 a.m. PST on Friday, November 6, with availability beginning the week of November 16. HomePod mini will be available in China, Mexico and Taiwan later this year.