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HomePod mini 2: Everything We Know So Far
The Key Points:
- The HomePod mini was introduced in October 2020.
- There are rumors of a second generation HomePod mini.
- Possible improvements could include better sound quality, faster response times, and new color options.
The HomePod mini by Apple will be turning three years old in October, which raises questions about what the company has planned for its budget-friendly smart speaker in the future. Here's everything we know so far, based on rumors and other Apple releases.
The HomePod mini was announced in October 2020 at Apple's iPhone 12 event. Less than half a year later, Apple discontinued the original HomePod, leaving only the HomePod mini as the company's sole smart speaker. It was only this year that Apple reintroduced the full-size HomePod.
The newly reintroduced HomePod offers many features that were previously exclusive to the HomePod mini, including an Apple Watch S chip, a U1 Ultra-Wideband chip, Thread support, a temperature and humidity sensor, and a larger backlit touch surface that lights up from edge to edge.
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has already hinted at Apple working on a second generation HomePod mini in August 2022. since then, Gurman has expressed skepticism about what more a new HomePod mini could offer, as "the latest HomePod does not offer any significant new features not already included in the $99 model."
In February, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Apple will begin mass delivery of the second-generation HomePod mini in the second half of 2024.
The second generation HomePod mini could potentially introduce a handoff experience with lower latency, improved sound and microphones, and the S7, S8, S9, or S10 chip. Many Siri requests are processed locally, so improved chip could benefit responsiveness. A new HomePod mini could also receive specifications such as Wi-Fi 6E support.
The current HomePod mini currently contains the S5 chip from the Apple Watch Series 5 and the first-generation Apple Watch SE. By the end of 2024, the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 10 and the S10 chip is expected to take place, making this the most advanced chip Apple could give the device.
The HomePod in 2023 contains the S7 chip, the same chip used in the Apple Watch Series 7 in 2021. Despite the introduction of the S8 chip in late 2022 in the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra, and the second-generation Apple Watch SE, Apple opted for the S7 chip. This suggests that Apple is not certain about using the latest S chip in the second generation HomePod mini.
The S6, S7, and S8 chips are essentially all the same, based on the A13 Bionic chip. The S9 chip, on the other hand, is expected to be based on the A15 Bionic chip, resulting in significant performance and efficiency improvements. The S6, S7, or S8 chip would be a notable upgrade for the HomePod mini, but the S9 or S10 chip could offer even more substantial improvements.
It is also very likely that a new HomePod mini will be available in a renewed selection of color options. The current device is available in Space Gray, Blue, Yellow, White, and Orange. With the reintroduction of the HomePod, Apple swapped Space Gray for Midnight, so a similar switch is likely at least for the HomePod mini.
It is also possible that Apple is waiting to introduce a new HomePod mini until the third-generation full-size HomePod debuts, especially if it includes new features. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is working on an updated version of the HomePod that will have a 7-inch screen. The HomePod with a 7-inch screen is expected to hit the market as early as next year.
Rumors suggest that Apple is planning to introduce a second-generation HomePod mini. Possible improvements could include better sound quality, faster response times, and new color options. It remains to be seen if and when Apple will release official information about the HomePod mini 2. For more information, read the article on MacRumors.com.For more info: https://www.macrumors.com/2023/07/21/homepod-mini-2-everything-we-know/