Apple has recently unveiled the HomePod 2, an upgraded version of the original HomePod. Let’s check out its features, specs, retail price, reported issues and anything else worth mentioning.
HomePod 2 Features
- 1. High-fidelity audio.
- 2. All around sound.
- 3. Optimizes acoustics in real time.
- 4. Stereo speakers compatibility.
- 5. Cinematic experience with Dolby Atmos.
- 6. Whole house music, by playing the same song on all your HomePods.
- 7. Even more intelligence for Siri:
Hey Siri, set a pizza timer for 12 minutes.
Hey Siri, what’s the temperature in here?
Hey Siri, play pop hits in the bedroom.
Hey Siri, find my iPhone.
Hey Siri, play Hidden Brain.
Hey Siri, lock the front door.
- 8. HomePod as Home hub:
Automations – Control your smart home accessories with automations that you can create in the Home app.
Remote Access – If you use a smart lock you can unlock the door from the Home app while you’re away.
Temperature and humidity info – HomePod tells you in real-time the temperature and humidity values of your room. You can use this data to create automations.
Sound Recognition – HomePod can recognize smoke and CO2 alarms and alert you on your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
Matter compatibility – allows your smart speaker to be compatible with even more accessories.
Privacy – Data is stored using identifiers without exposing it to anyone.
HomePod 2 Touch Controls
These are the five ways you can physically interact with Apple’s smart speaker:
- Tap -> Play/Pause
- Double-tap -> Skip
- Triple-tap -> Skip back
- Touch and hold -> Siri
- Tap or hold ‘+’ or ‘–’ -> Volume up/down
HomePod 2 Specs
- The 2nd generation HomePod comes in two colors: White and Midnight.
- Height & Width & Weight: 6.6 inches (168 mm) x 5.6 inches (142 mm) x 5.16 pounds (2.3 kg).
- Sensors: Sound Recognition, Temperature and humidity, Accelerometer.
- Audio Tech:
4-inch high-excursion woofer
Array of five horn-loaded tweeters, each tweeter with its own neodymium magnet
Internal low-frequency calibration microphone for automatic bass correction
Advanced computational audio with system sensing for real-time tuning
Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos for music and video
Four-microphone design for far-field Siri
Multiroom audio with AirPlay
Stereo pair capable
More: technical specifications on apple.com.
HomePod 2 Pricing
The 2nd gen smart speaker retails for $299, while the HomePod mini is available for $99.
Tip: Do you know that you get get Apple Music free for 6 months if you buy a new HomePod? Here are all the details.
HomePod 2 Issues
Day-one as wells as persistent problems with this model are tracked here:
- To be updated! (Contribute in the comments.)
HomePod 2 Video Highlights
Apple has unveiled its 2nd generation smart speaker in a short video presentation that’s available on Apple.com and YouTube:
HomePod 2 Deals
In this section we plan to update any sales that we can track for this product. If you spot one don’t hesitate to mention it in the comments and we’ll share it with everyone:
- To be updated!
What do you thing about the HomePod 2nd gen. Share your feedback in the comments!
Related: Apple has also released M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro as well as new mac Mini models. You can review them here.