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Apple promises to deliver a ground-breaking listening experience with its new HomePod. The second-generation HomePod, announced on Wednesday (Jan. 18), features “next level acoustics” with enhanced Siri capabilities packed in a slender, space-saving design.
The new HomePod ($299) offers rich, deep bass, natural mid-range and clear, detailed highs for streaming Apple Music and more. Room sensing technology allows it to recognize sound reflections from nearby surfaces and adapt to its environment by determining if it’s freestanding or positioned against a wall. HomePod 2.0 easily integrates into the Apple ecosystem, seamlessly pairing with iPhone, iPad, Apple TV 4k and other Apple products.
“Leveraging our audio expertise and innovations, the new HomePod delivers rich, deep bass, natural mid-range, and clear, detailed highs,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the popularity of HomePod mini, we’ve seen growing interest in even more powerful acoustics achievable in a larger HomePod. We’re thrilled to bring the next generation of HomePod to customers around the world.”
Other features include a custom-engineered, high-excursion woofer with a powerful motor driving a 20mm, a built-in bass-EQ mic, a beamforming array of five tweeters and a S7 chip combined with system-sending technology that offers upgraded computational audio.
HomePod can also listen for smoke and carbon dioxide alarms and will send a notification to your iPhone if it detects something. With the redesigned Home app, users can navigate, view and organize accessories, control your smart home and more with categories for climate, lights, security and includes a new multicamera view.
HomePod is available to pre-order online at Apple.com and in the Apple Store app and will begin shipping out on Feb. 3.
How to Pre-Order the New Mac Mini & MacBook Pro
Earlier in the week, Apple unveiled new Mac Mini and MacBook Pro laptops, all of which are available for pre-order now. The new Mac Mini is more powerful than ever with faster performance, enhanced unified memory and advanced connectivity and an M2 chip designed to deliver pro-level performance.
You can use Mac Mini for a myriad of tasks, including music production and other creative projects. Pre-order the Mac Mini and MacBook Pro below.