The aim, said CEO Tim Cook, was to bring the Siri-enabled speaker to more people. The HomePod mini is about half the size of the original HomePod but follows the same design aesthetic, though with a new light-emitting touch panel on top.
The speaker features RGB lighting and Siri functionality.
It uses Apple's S5 chip, which the company claims will allow it to constantly adjust how the music sounds.
The speaker can also sense when your iPhone is near and seamlessly switch where the music is playing.
Siri integration includes being able to send a message, but we spotted something interesting. However, recent reports are suggesting there is one important reason to be excited about the HomePod mini.
Apple assures users that nothing will be sent to its servers until Siri is activated.
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The speaker will also support third-party streaming services such as Pandora and Amazon Music, which is a welcome change. At just under 3.3 inches tall, HomePod mini fits anywhere in your home.
This feature will also deliver a notification to your family's personal Apple devices. HomePod mini works with iPhone to complete requests for messages and notes on device without revealing that information to Apple.
Apparently "orb" is the new favored smart speaker shape, as Amazon and Apple have embraced it. The HomePod's big selling point remains its high-end sound quality, thanks to an eight-speaker array and beamforming technology. It can also alert you when a device has been taken from your home.
The Homepod Mini comes in white (pictured), space grey and is open for orders November 6, with shipping starting on November 16. The HomePod now sells for less, as low as $199 but we won't be surprised to see folks pick up two HomePod Mini speakers instead of a single HomePod speaker.