Back in 2021, it was reported that Apple HomePod was discontinued. But last Wednesday, a day after revealing new chips, Mac minis, and MacBook Pros, Apple surprised with the second-generation Apple HomePod.
The new Apple HomePod (2nd Generation) looks identical to the original HomePod from 2017. It has the same mesh-wrapped cylindrical form. But that’s at a glance impression. In reality, there are a couple of design changes, well, if ever so slightly.
The seamless, acoustically transparent mesh fabric design is joined by a backlit touch surface that illuminates from edge to edge. The mesh is made with 100 percent recycled mesh fabric, btw, and the device now comes with a color-matched woven power cable.
Apple said the new HomePod has “breakthrough sound and intelligence” that delivers incredible audio quality, enhanced Siri capabilities, and a safe and secure smart home experience. The latter is made possible through Matter support.
With Matter support, HomePod can connect to and control Matter-enabled accessories, thereby serving as an essential home hub for users to access when away from home.
The new HomePod features advanced computational audio afforded by an S7 chip that combines software and system-sensing technology. The new HomePod also supports immersive Spatial Audio tracks.
Audio reproduction is enabled through a custom-engineered high-excursion woofer, a 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 new Apple HomePod (2nd Generation) is available to order now in a choice of Midnight or White finish, for US$299.
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