Apple introduces HomePod mini in vibrant new colors

HomePod mini delivers incredible sound, interacts seamlessly with iPhone, integrates Siri intelligence and is the perfect foundation for any home automation system

During the Unleashed event, Apple announced the  HomePod mini in three new vibrant colors, yellow, orange and blue, giving users greater freedom to express their personality and style in any setting.

At just 8.43cm tall , HomePod mini offers an exceptional listening experience, Siri intelligence and home automation features, while keeping privacy and security at the core . Its seamless integration with Apple products and services make HomePod mini the perfect smart speaker for anyone with an Apple device. From November, the HomePod mini will be available for just € 99 in new colors and in white and space gray with matching details such as colored touch surface, mesh fabric, volume icons and braided power cord.

“HomePod mini delivers stunning sound quality, and with more than 90 million songs from the global Apple Music catalog and deep integration with Apple devices, it’s the perfect smart speaker for iPhone users,” said Bob Borchers, Vice President of Apple’s Worldwide Product Marketing. “Now available in vibrant new colors, HomePod mini fits even better into any room in the house and offers quality audio, the convenience of Siri and smart and secure home automation features while protecting privacy.”

Powerful sound in a compact speaker

HomePod mini uses audio computing to deliver a rich and detailed listening experience, coupled with extraordinary performance. To achieve powerful sound from such a compact design, the Apple S5 chip uses advanced software that analyzes the specific characteristics of the music, while also applying complex tuning models to optimize the sound power, adjust the dynamic range and control the movement of the music. passive drivers and radiators, all in real time. With full-range drivers, a quality neodymium magnet and a pair of passive force-canceling radiators, HomePod mini is capable of delivering deep bass and crystal clear highs.

An Apple-designed acoustic waveguide directs the flow of sound down and out of the speaker base for an immersive 360 ​​° audio experience. In addition to delivering crisp, detailed sound, this design also makes it easy to place HomePod mini in any room for stunning sound quality anywhere. When placed in different rooms, HomePod mini speakers allow you to listen to the same music, perfectly synchronized, anywhere in the house, or a different song in every room.

Two HomePod minis in the same room create a stereo pairing, which offers an even more immersive experience when listening to music. Three microphones in the array detect the “Hey Siri” command while a fourth, facing inward, cancels the sounds generated by the speaker to improve Siri’s ability to listen to voice prompts while music is playing.

Apple Music Voice on HomePod mini

HomePod mini is designed to work with Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, thousands of radio stations, including the award-winning Apple Music 1, and popular music services like Pandora, Deezer and more, providing entertainment for all. Apple Music offers over 90 million songs , all handpicked by world-class experts and trend setters, thousands of curated playlists, including hundreds created specifically for the Apple Music Voice plan , and more than 25,000 exclusive radio episodes or other content. originals. With the introduction of this new subscription plan, more and more people will be able to access, without using their hands, this incredible catalog using Siri.

A state-of-the-art smart speaker for iPhone users

While listening to music and podcasts, or while on the phone, you can instantly transfer audio, without missing a beat, simply by bringing the iPhone close to the HomePod mini. Everything becomes even more magical with an iPhone equipped with a U1 chip, which enriches the experience with visual, sound and haptic effects giving the feeling that the devices are physically connected, while the sound flows from one to the other. If the HomePod mini is not playing content, when the iPhone is brought close to the speaker, some personalized suggestions automatically appear on the display and the controls become immediately available, without having to unlock the phone.

A decidedly smart intelligent assistant

Thanks to the intelligence of Siri, HomePod mini offers a personalized and perfectly integrated experience for iPhone customers . Siri can recognize the voices of six different family members and customize music and podcasts according to their preferences, or respond to requests such as reading messages, reminders, notes and calendar appointments, or making calls and answering. Siri also gives users a personal update to give a quick overview of their day. Users may ask “Hey Siri, can you give me updates?” to listen, with a single request, to the latest news, weather forecasts, traffic information, reminders and calendar appointments.

Smart and practical control for home automation

With HomePod mini you can easily manage home automation accessories using Siri voice commands to turn off the lights, adjust the temperature, lock the door, set scenes or control devices at specific times. The user can direct commands directly to accessories, if compatible with Siri. By default, these accessories will forward requests through the HomePod mini on the same network, offering the level of privacy that customers have come to expect from Apple.

The intercom offers a quick and easy way to connect devices in the house. The user can send an intercom message from one HomePod mini to another, even if they are in different areas, rooms and different rooms of the house: his message will automatically be played on the HomePod mini provided. The intercom also works with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods and CarPlay, so everyone in the family can receive and send intercom messages from the garden, on their way home or on the go.

Designed for privacy and security

Privacy and security are at the heart of the design of any Apple hardware, software and service. When using the “Hey Siri” command with HomePod mini, the information will be forwarded to Apple’s servers only after the request has been recognized locally on the device, or after Siri is activated via tap. Requests are not associated with your Apple ID, and your personal information is not used for Apple’s commercial purposes or sold to other organizations. HomePod mini interacts with iPhone to process requests for messages and notes on the device, without revealing the information to Apple.

Other functions

  • Multi-user speech recognition extension . By the end of the year, support for Siri’s multi-user speech recognition will be extended to all territories where HomePod mini is available. It will allow each person in the family to listen to music in line with their tastes, access their personal playlists, use the Personal Requests function and much more.
  • Automatic volume adjustment of Siri . The volume of Siri’s voice will be automatically adjusted on HomePod mini according to the environment and volume set by the user. 
    More diversity-conscious voice options for Siri. Siri now includes voice types that are more representative of diversity for the English language, so the user can choose the option they prefer when setting up the device.
  • Best audio quality for Apple TV 4K . You can pair HomePod mini with Apple TV 4K for a powerful, nuanced, high-definition sound experience. Using computational audio, HomePod mini constantly analyzes sound and models performance to ensure perfectly clear communication.
  • Apple TV controls . Together, Siri and HomePod mini pave the way for new ways to interact with Apple TV. For example, the user can ask Siri to turn on Apple TV, play a movie or show, and control playback.
  • Sounds fun . Ask Siri on HomePod mini to reproduce the sounds of different animals, instruments or vehicles; Siri will play a fun hi-fi sound.
  • New ways to control home automation devices . Siri is able to control home automation accessories at specific times: for example, it can turn off the lights after 10 minutes or turn on the veranda lamp at sunset.
  • Where is it . You can ask Siri on HomePod mini to locate a lost iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple Watch, or AirTag by ringing the device to locate its location.

HomePod mini and the environment

HomePod mini is manufactured with respect for the environment and supports Apple’s plan to achieve its goal of zero climate impact across the business, including production supply chains and the lifecycle of all products, by 2030. HomePod mini is made from 99% recycled rare earths, and the neodymium magnet in the speaker uses 100% recycled rare earths. The mesh fabric is made of over 90% recycled plastic and 100% of the wood fibers used in the packaging come from sustainably managed forests or recycled materials. HomePod mini is also free of mercury, BFR, PVC and beryllium.

HomePod mini uses energy-efficient software and components that can intelligently manage power during periods of inactivity. For example, through optimized energy management features and a highly efficient power system, HomePod mini is designed to reduce consumption with its Low Power mode, which is where it is most of the time. HomePod mini uses 75% less energy than required by the stringent ENERGY STAR standards.

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