Apple Launches Second-Gen HomePod with Improved Acoustics

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Apple has announced HomePod (second generation), a new version of the company’s smart speaker that is said to deliver incredible audio quality, enhanced Siri capabilities, and a safe and secure smart home experience. It is available to order online and in the Apple Store app starting today, with availability beginning Friday, February 3. Apple’s new HomePod is priced at $299, $50 cheaper than what the original model launched for in February 2018.

“Leveraging our audio expertise and innovations, the new HomePod delivers rich, deep bass, natural mid-range, and clear, detailed highs,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the popularity of HomePod mini, we’ve seen growing interest in even more powerful acoustics achievable in a larger HomePod. We’re thrilled to bring the next generation of HomePod to customers around the world.”

From an Apple press release:

Apple today announced HomePod (2nd generation), a powerful smart speaker that delivers next-level acoustics in a gorgeous, iconic design. Packed with Apple innovations and Siri intelligence, HomePod offers advanced computational audio for a groundbreaking listening experience, including support for immersive Spatial Audio tracks. With convenient new ways to manage everyday tasks and control the smart home, users can now create smart home automations using Siri, get notified when a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm is detected in their home, and check temperature and humidity in a room — all hands-free.

HomePod delivers incredible audio quality, with rich, deep bass and stunning high frequencies. A custom-engineered high-excursion woofer, powerful motor that drives the diaphragm a remarkable 20mm, built-in bass-EQ mic, and beamforming array of five tweeters around the base all work together to achieve a powerful acoustic experience. The S7 chip is combined with software and system-sensing technology to offer even more advanced computational audio that maximizes the full potential of its acoustic system for a groundbreaking listening experience.

Apple also sells a smaller version of the HomePod called the HomePod mini that offers “surprising sound for its size” thanks in part to a full-range driver. It is available in five color variations, all of which cost $99.

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