Apple has officially introduced a new smart speaker called HomePod mini – a “shortened” version of the discontinued Apple HomePod. Since its introduction, the rookie “Apple” has received a lot of attention from a large number of users.
Possessing a completely different design from its predecessor, the Apple HomePod mini smart speaker has a spherical shape with a touch surface with music stop / play function & volume up and down buttons above. At the same time, this is also the place to signal the operating status of the virtual assistant Siri.
The size is quite compact with 97.9 x 97.9 x 84.3 mm, making it easy for users to take it anywhere. Apple’s new smart speaker still uses the same mesh fabric as the HomePod. In addition, it will have 2 black and white colors suitable for all ages for users to choose from. In November 2021, Apple released new colors for the Apple Homepod Mini: orange, yellow and blue in addition to the usual two neutral colors. Impressive colors make ifans – especially the young generation – extremely excited.
360 – Surround Sound
Apple HomePod Mini is equipped with an omnidirectional driver, providing a unique 360º audio experience. Apple S5 chip – which is highly anticipated by users is also integrated inside the product, allowing multiple speakers to be paired to play music in sync, while providing optimal sound processing. The volume that the HomePod Mini produces will surprise you. Although it is quite small, the sound it possesses is very quality. For now, the HomePod Mini will support services like Apple Music, Podcasts, iHeartRadio, radio.com, and TuneIn. In the future, popular music platforms like Pandora and Amazon Music will also be integrated. You can also enjoy stereo sound when pairing 2 Apple HomePod Mini speakers and control multi-room audio with the extremely convenient AirPlay 2.
HomePod Mini is equipped with 4 Microphones, of which 3 are used to listen to the user’s command “Hey Siri!” and the 4th Microphone is used for echolocation, allowing to hear the user’s commands clearly when the sound is too loud. Inheriting the basic features of HomePod makes the new smart speaker continue to become the central hub for HomeKit devices. Users can control lights, door locks, air conditioners, etc. even when not at home, and create automation features in the Apple Home app.
Siri is the virtual assistant hidden behind the Apple HomePod Mini smart speaker and will respond when you call “Hey Siri!”. Virtual assistants can help you in your daily schedule as well as control your smart home. You can ask Siri for information like the weather or currency conversions. When the speaker is connected to an iPhone, the assistant can also read and send text messages.
For example, some voice commands play music for Siri virtual assistant (Apple Music account required)
- Hey Siri, what’s the song that goes
- Hey Siri, play the new album by Troye Sivan – play music by songwriter/album
- Hey Siri, play something chill – play music by mood/genre
- Hey Siri, play Today’s Hits
- Hey Siri, play the latest Oprah podcast
The Apple HomePod Mini smart speaker supports the Bluetooth 5.0 standard. Besides, when connected to the network, all devices support Airplay in the house such as iPhone, iMac … can become a very convenient source of high-quality music. At the same time, when playing music, the speakers will become more vivid with the bright light emitted by the touch screen.
HomePod Mini has Matter support, allowing you to combine with smart home platforms and Smart Home devices from many different brands more quickly and easily.