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Apple introduces second generation smart speaker, HomePod

Boasting exceptional sound quality and advanced Siri functionality, the new HomePod promises a secure and seamless smart home experience

  • 27 January 2023
Apple introduces second generation smart speaker, HomePod

Apple has unveiled the 2nd generation of their HomePod smart speaker, a sleek and stylish device that boasts unparalleled audio quality and advanced features. With cutting-edge computational audio technology, the HomePod offers a revolutionary listening experience, including support for Spatial Audio tracks that provide an immersive sound experience. The new HomePod also comes loaded with Siri intelligence and the ability to control the smart home, allowing users to effortlessly manage everyday tasks, create smart home automations, and receive notifications for smoke or carbon monoxide alarms and check room temperature and humidity all with the power of their voice.

Apple's original HomePod was a game-changer in the world of wireless speakers, delivering exceptional audio quality and cutting-edge technology. However, in March 2021, the company decided to discontinue the HomePod in favour of its more compact and affordable sibling, the HomePod mini.

The re-engineered HomePod 2 looks almost identical to its predecessor, with its round shape and cloth-covered exterior. It's a sleek design that looks great, but also subtle enough to blend in with the background - available in a classic black or white finish.

The top has had a major upgrade, with a swirling colored 'screen' instead of the small dot featured in the original HomePod. The same diameter of 5.6 inches / 142mm has been kept, although the new model is slightly shorter at 6.6 inches / 168mm.

Five tweeters now line the bottom of the unit, facing upwards to add height and Spatial Audio effects when used with Dolby Atmos audio. This is a reduction from the original seven tweeters.

The HomePod 2 is the perfect companion for AirPlay multi-room systems. Whether used alone or in a pair, it provides high-quality audio with Apple Music's lossless audio support.

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