After being announced at the company’s iPhone 12 event, the Apple HomePod mini speaker from Apple just arrived after years of anticipation and rumors. The intelligent speaker brings a variety of cool new features, like the ability to cast voice messages to Apple devices in your home.
The surprise comes from the latest software upgrade, that brings something for the HomePod speaker users too. If you already have the first HomePod device, you will be able to use it as a surround speaker – including 5.1, 7.1 or Dolby Atmos surround from Apple’s streaming box. Placing two HomePod devices on either side of the TV will provide you a deeper sound, filling your room with Atmos-based audio.
Interestingly enough, the new HomePod Mini is able to connect with another Mini system to act as a stereo speaker, but it won’t be able to connect as part of a 5.1 system as a satellite speaker.
Apple also announced that, in a short while, the home assistant will work with the U1 UWB chip in iPhones. This means it will be able to pick up when your handset is near and shutdown audio from the HomePod Mini, giving the user a hands-off experience.
HomePod Mini now recognizes the voices of each member of your family and automatically integrates with the Home app. By integrating all the Apple products with the HomePod Mini, the user can access phone apps, read or send messages, listen to music, and a slew of other activities.