The HomePod was introduced in 2017, but since then the future of Apple’s smart speaker has been uncertain. Recently, however, we have heard rumors of a new “HomePod mini” that is expected to be announced this year.
If you’re planning to buy a new HomePod, keep reading as we walk you through what you need to know.
The current HomePod
The first-generation HomePod, which is the only one to date, offers a great sound experience with some built-in intelligent features. It has an array of seven tweeters and a single woofer that offers an impressive audio experience.
The HomePod is powered by the A8 chip, which is identical to the iPhone 6 and Apple HD TV (4th generation). Even if it is a six-year-old processor, the A8 chip can easily handle all the tasks of the HomePod. Because of this, the HomePod may have the features of other Apple devices, including Apple Music, Siri, and HomeKit.
You can ask Siri to play songs, set alarms, call someone, or turn off the light in your living room. The HomePod has an array of six microphones that recognizes voice commands from any direction, even when a loud song is played.
Since the HomePod uses AirPlay 2 to connect to other devices, you can pair two HomePods in stereo mode or even multiple HomePods to play the same content in sync.
What we know about the next generation HomePod
Although there is not much evidence that Apple plans to announce a major update to the regular HomePod soon, there are rumors of an upcoming HomePod mini.
Compared to competitors like that Amazon Echo lineupThe HomePod is still very expensive – even after last year’s price cut from $ 349 to $ 299. A smaller version would lower production costs and make the product cheaper.
After a Bloomberg The HomePod mini is reportedly expected to retain the same cylindrical design as the larger version, but it would be approximately half the size of the current product.
Apple is unlikely to sacrifice audio quality to make a cheaper version of the HomePod. Note, however, that the speakers are reduced when space is reduced and the sound may therefore be lower than that of the current HomePod model.
The HomePod mini should also have Siri for voice commands and AirPlay 2 for pairing with other compatible speakers.
Should you buy a HomePod now?
If you don’t have a HomePod yet and would like to buy one, we recommend that you wait until the end of this month before making your decision.
Since Apple will host WWDC 2020 on June 22, the new Mini HomePod could be presented at the event. Even if you don’t want the smaller version, the price of the regular HomePod can be lowered again or updated with internal improvements like a more powerful processor.
For those who are waiting to make a decision, the regular HomePod is ideal for people who want the best sound quality at home, no matter how much it costs. For those looking for a cheaper smart speaker that works with all Apple devices, the HomePod mini may be the best choice.