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Apple refreshes HomePod with new sensors, Matter support, enhanced Siri

23 January 2023 7

Apple has finally refreshed HomePod smart speaker with new features. The original HomePod speaker went on sale in 2018 but was eventually discontinued in 2021. There were multiple reasons for its failure in terms of sales and the company has been selling its smaller cousin HomePod Mini since then. The Cupertino-based tech giant is now ready with its second attempt with a feature-rich smart speaker.

The second-gen HomePod is compatible with Matter smart home standard and wireless Thread protocol. This allows the smart speaker to communicate with other Matter-supported accessories and products. There is a Sound Recognition tech that can listen for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. It can notify users by sending an alert on their iPhone when an alarm is detected but this feature will become available later via a software update.

There are also built-in temperature and humidity sensors for measuring indoor environments. These sensors will help users with their automation so that certain devices can be turned on/off based on the temperature and humidity levels. The new HomePod has a single four-inch woofer, five tweeters, and five microphones. It is capable of sensing where it is positioned in the house and adjusting the audio output level.


In terms of design, the second-gen HomePod is quite similar to the original HomePod. It has an acoustically transparent mesh fabric and a backlit touch surface with edge-to-edge illumination. It is available in White and Midnight color options. Under the hood, it has an upgraded S7 processor.

The new HomePod smart speaker is priced at $299 in the United States. It will also be available for purchase in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK, and 11 other countries starting February 3rd.


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