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Apple announces 2nd generation HomePod and it is cheaper than the original

apple announces 2nd generation homepod and it is cheaper than the original 63c9422bda8fa

Apple has brought the HomePod back in new and improved fashion. Today Apple announced the second generation of its full-size smart speaker and hub.

The HomePod 2 has an updated design, Spatial Audio support, a custom-engineered woofer, improved sound with a built-in bass-EQ mic, and five tweeters at the base for powerful acoustics and is powered by a new S7 chip.

Apple HomePod in black and white

The new HomePod comes in black and white.
Credit: Apple

The second generation HomePod has built in sensors that recognize where it’s placed in the room (against a wall or freestanding) and calibrates the sound in real time, which creates more immersive sound for the user. Naturally, the HomePod 2 is fully integrated with Apple’s smart home system. It can be paired with a second HomePod for a stereo setup or intercom system, and Apple TV 4K, and uses Handoff to switch audio from an iPhone.

It can also recognize smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to send a notification to the user’s iPhone, and has an internal temperature and humidity sensor for recognizing the internal environment. Users can make the HomePod a smart hub with the Home app to control lights, temperature, and security.

Apple HomePod paired with an iPhone using the Home app

Apple’s new HomePod wants to be your go-to smart hub device.
Credit: Apple

Apple discontinued the original HomePod in 2021 and instead focused on the HomePod mini. Now the HomePod 2 is back with features to contend with the less expensive Amazon Echo and Google Nest smart speakers. While the original HomePod cost $349, the new version is $299.

It’s still pricier than Amazon Echo Studio ($199) and Google Nest Audio ($99) but much more competitive. It is available to pre-order online today and full availability starts February 3 and comes in white and “midnight” (black).

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