Apple introduced the “identical acoustic ideas” it used within the HomePod over to this speaker. Sound is directed in the direction of the underside of the machine and outwards for “an immersive 360-degree audio expertise.”
The HomePod mini has an array of three microphones to choose up your voice for Siri management. Apple has a neat trick up its sleeve to enhance voice detection each time your HomePod mini is emitting sound: a fourth, inward-facing mic to isolate audio playback.
Siri can work out which member of a family is talking to a HomePod mini and personalize music and podcasts to their tastes. You’ll be able to obtain a every day private replace whenever you ask Siri “What’s my replace?” — it contains information, climate and reminders.
As you’d anticipate, the speaker has deep integration with different Apple merchandise. You’ll be able to hand off music and calls out of your iPhone, as an illustration. When your iPhone is near your HomePod mini, you’ll robotically obtain listening solutions in your display. You’ll be able to play audio from Apple TV or your Mac as properly.
Two HomePod minis can pair collectively for stereo sound, or you’ll be able to play the identical audio on a number of HomePods throughout a number of rooms. There’s an intercom choice, so you’ll be able to broadcast your voice to a different HomePod elsewhere too. The characteristic works with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods and CarPlay too, so you’ll be able to ship intercom messages when you’re in your approach residence or obtain notifications whenever you’re outdoors.
Together with Apple Music and Podcasts, the Homepod mini performs radio stations from iHeartRadio, radio.com, and TuneIn. Within the coming months, it should work with Pandora and Amazon Music too. There was no point out of Spotify, nonetheless.
As with its different merchandise, Apple designed HomePod mini with safety and privateness in thoughts. The corporate says the machine gained’t ship any voice knowledge to its servers till you activate Siri. “Requests should not related to the person’s Apple ID,” Apple mentioned in a press release. “HomePod mini works with iPhone to finish requests for messages and notes on machine with out revealing that info to Apple.”
Different options embrace ambient seems like rain and a crackling fireplace, Discover My integration for whenever you misplace one other Apple machine, internet search outcomes despatched to your iPhone, music alarms and Siri Shortcuts.
HomePod mini prices $99 and it’s obtainable in white and house grey. Pre-orders for the HomePod mini open on November sixth and it begins transport the week of November 16th.
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