Apple has introduced the second generation of the HomePod product line, which includes improved smart home features and temperature and humidity sensors, two years after discontinuing the first generation.
There are numerous new features and enhancements in HomePod Gen 2
The HomePod Gen 2 has a round cylinder and a mesh outer shell, among other design modifications. Additionally, there are stunning RGB lights installed in the touch control area.
Additionally, the second-generation HomePod is lighter and smaller. It is 68 mm tall and 2.3 kg in weight, as opposed to 172 mm and 2.5 kg on the previous generation. The new Apple product is available in white and black.
Apple’s newest smart speaker has five tweeters instead of the seven speakers it had in the model before it. There are also only four instead of six microphones. The size of the subwoofer is still 4 inches.
The S7 chip in the HomePod Gen 2 is superior to the A8 chip in the original HomePod and the S5 chip in the HomePod mini, among other notable improvements. The device also includes an U1 chip that connects to Ultra Wideband to play music from an iPhone and supports Dolby Atmos and spatial audio. The speaker incorporates the Matter for HomeKit and Siri virtual assistants, as well as smart home accessories.
In addition, HomePod Gen 2 includes a new sensor that can gauge the temperature and humidity of a space. Additionally, it sends notifications to the user’s iPhone and includes sound recognition from smoke and fire alarm devices.
The HomePod Gen 2 costs $299 and goes on sale on February 3.