Apple outs $99 HomePod Mini with big sound and Siri smarts

Apple said the HomePod mini analyzes the music and optimizes loudness, dynamic range, and more.

The new mini Homepod will feature plenty of features from the old HomePod like Siri support, etc. Powered by the S5 chipset, the HomePod mini uses a computational audio feature that adjusts the sound for the specific environment.

The speaker can also sense when your iPhone is near and seamlessly switch where the music is playing.

HomePod Mini works with HomeKit-enabled products, so you will be able to control all your smart home devices with Siri on the HomePod Mini. "The result is an audio experience unheard of in a speaker this size".

With Apple's custom U1 ultra-wideband chip inside, the HomePod mini also can serve as an advanced hub for home automation. Despite being the first company to introduce a voice-activated smart assistant, with the arrival of Siri in the iPhone 4, Apple was slow to launch a competitor to the likes of the Amazon Echo and Google Nest (née Google Home) smarts speakers.

As the name suggests, the HomePod mini is just 3.3 inches tall.

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There are four microphones in the HomePod mini. The HomePod Mini supports streaming from multiple services including iHeart Radio and TuneIn.

The speaker can play music and podcasts, and connect to smart-home accessories, like your lights, via Apple's Home app on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or CarPlay. Beyond that, we can see that it's using the same type of mesh as its larger sibling and comes in the same "Space Grey" and "White" colour schemes.

The original HomePod was announced in June 2017 but went on sale early 2018.

You can order your very own HomePod mini from November 6, with delivery set to take place week of November 16. This isn't new, though Apple did emphasise there'll be an easier way of discovering devices.

If you're a big Apple user, obviously Siri will be preferable, while Google Assistant is on every recent Android smartphone. As mentioned, it costs £99.

Several HomePod Mini speakers can be used to play music, providing true stereo sound. The HomePod Mini uses a single full-range driver and two passive radiators.

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