Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As the name suggests, the Apple HomePod Mini is a compact Siri-powered smart speaker from Apple. If you're living with an Apple eco-system at home and yet to be convinced by smart assistants, the HomePod Mini makes the leap that bit safer.
HomePod Mini also has some updated features that take advantage of embedded technology.
According to Apple, "HomePod mini is created to work with Apple Music, podcasts, and radio stations from iHeartRadio and TuneIn".
The first HomePod has been a rare failure for Apple with the product gaining less than 3% of the smart speaker market as of earlier this year, according to data from Voicebot. Apple said during the event that Pandora and Amazon Music support will be coming soon. "There's a lot of Apple innovation packed into such a small speaker, all at an affordable price", said Bob Borchers, Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, Apple. A more accessible HomePod doesn't just provide more ways for Apple to get Siri and Apple Music into people's homes, it helps expand Apple's entire presence as part of your smart home setup. That may have been a limitation for many, who may have had their music libraries painstakingly curated on other music streaming apps.
Applying the same acoustic principles used to deliver incredible sound in HomePod, 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 360-degree audio experience.
Homepod Mini supports Apple Music and Podcasts, as well as iHeartRadio. You had the Amazon Echo which Amazon has regularly updated and made it better at every step. It retails in White, and Space Grey color variants, and will be available for orders starting November 6th, while the shipping commences starting November 16th in certain regions including India.
Apple lists the iPhone 12 with a $729 retail price for unlocked, T-Mobile, and Sprint devices. You can also connect the mini to CarPlay in your auto. The phone has an aluminum frame with flat edges and comes in several colours including black, white, green, blue, and red.
Web search results from HomePod mini can be sent directly to the user's iPhone for easy viewing. It boasts the same onboard screen that allows users to summon Siri and adjust volume, while giving the device a more interesting visual look than smart devices from other companies.
Apple continues to protect your privacy while using Siri.