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Apple Introduces The HomePod Mini

The HomePod mini features a powerful smart speaker, an intelligent assistant with home capabilities, in a beautiful compact design.

HomePod mini is the ultimate smart speaker

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HomePod mini is Apple’s newest addition to the HomePod family. It stands at 3.3 inches tall, offers an impressive sound, features Siri’s intelligence to get things done, and a smart home experience that provides comfort and convenience without complexity. HomePod mini is packed with innovative technologies and advanced software that together enable computational audio to deliver breakthrough audio quality wherever it is placed.

“HomePod mini has everything customers want in a smart speaker — amazing sound for listening to music, a world-class intelligent assistant that delivers a personal experience to each member of the household, and like every Apple product, it’s designed with privacy and security in mind.”

– Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing

“HomePod mini is the ultimate smart speaker for anyone with an Apple device. It works effortlessly with iPhone to hand off music, answer phone calls, or deliver personalized listening suggestions. It can elevate the sound from Apple TV, plays music from a Mac, and do much more. There’s a lot of Apple innovation packed into such a small speaker, all at an affordable price,” said Borchers.

HomePod mini is a powerful smart speaker

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HomePod mini uses the intelligence of Siri to deliver a personalized experience for each member of a household. It is designed to work with Apple Music, podcasts, radio stations from iHeartRadio, radio.com, and TuneIn, and in the coming months, popular music services including Pandora and Amazon Music. Multiple HomePod mini speakers work together to stream music or podcasts to multiple rooms, all in perfect sync. By placing two HomePod mini speakers in a single room, a stereo pair can be created for a wide soundstage, filling the space with rich, enveloping sound.

To achieve a big sound out of such a compact design, the Apple S5 chip in HomePod mini works with advanced software to analyze the unique characteristics of the music and apply complex tuning models to optimize loudness, adjust the dynamic range, and control the movement of the driver and passive radiators in real-time.

With the intelligence of Siri, HomePod mini delivers a personalized and deeply integrated experience for iPhone customers. Siri can identify who is speaking and tailor music and podcasts to their preferences, and respond to personal requests, like accessing messages, reminders, notes, and calendar appointments, or making and answering phone calls.1 Siri also offers users a personal update for a quick snapshot of their day. With a single request, users can ask Siri “What’s my update?” to hear the latest news, weather, traffic, reminders, and calendar appointments.

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HomePod mini is beautifully designed

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HomePod mini is available in white and space gray for $99 (US) from apple.com, in the Apple Store app, and Apple Store locations. HomePod mini is also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers.

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