Apple today announced the HomePod mini with a new spherical design and S5 chip at its “Hi, Speed” event.
The device is the first addition to the “HomePod” product range since the launch of the original “HomePod”. Following in the footsteps of the original device, the omeHomePod mini offers Siri and high quality sound.
The HomePod mini is powered by the S5 processor, which is also used in the Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch SE to deliver “computer audio”. It features a full-range dynamic driver and two passive bass response heatsinks and an acoustic waveguide that offers 360-degree sound. OmeHomePod uses mini uses sophisticated tuning models to optimize volume and dynamic range.
The device has a touch surface with backlight with controls for volume, playback and pause and lights up when calling “Siri”. Multiple HomePods can be synchronized to become a smart stereo pair and support audio in multiple rooms.
Later this year, the HomePod mini will offer a new transmission experience that understands when a user’s iPhone is nearby to deliver visual, audio and haptic effects. In addition, the new Intercom feature can send messages from one HomePod to another in the home, as well as other devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and even CarPlay-enabled vehicles.
The omeHomePod mini is priced at $ 99 and is available in white and space gray. Pre-orders start on November 6 and deliveries start on November 16.
This story is part of our live coverage of today’s Apple event.