- The new HomePod has been launched with the same design as the original model.
- It gets some improvements under the hood.
- The new HomePod has an S7 chip.
Apple has launched its third new product of the year already. The company, on January 17, announced new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with the latest M2 Pro and M2 Max SoC. The Mac mini with M2, M2 Pro chip was also launched alongside. A day after the launch of the new Macs, Apple has now launched a new HomePod. The new second-generation HomePod has been launched as a successor to the 2018 model, which was discontinued in 2021. The new HomePod launched by Apple is claimed to deliver “next-level acoustics in a gorgeous, iconic design.”
The HomePod will be available for purchase soon in India. Apple has announced the India pricing and availability details of its new smart speaker. Let’s take a look at the HomePod price in India, specifications, features and other details.
Apple HomePod Second-Generation Price in India and Features
The new Apple HomePod has been launched in the US for $299 (roughly Rs 24,300). In India, the price is significantly higher at Rs 32,900. The HomePod comes in two colours — White and Midnight. It will be available for pre-order starting today and go on sale from February 3 in India and a few other markets. The new Apple smart speaker is compatible with iPhone SE (2nd generation) and later, or iPhone 8 and later running iOS 16.3 or later. The iPad Pro, iPad 5th-generation and later, iPad Air (3rd generation) and later, or iPad mini (5th generation) and later running iPadOS 16.3 are also compatible with the new HomePod.
Users can listen to a catalogue of over 100 million songs with Apple Music. They can also pair the older model or the HomePod mini with the new second-generation HomePod as a stereo pair. As expected, there is support for Siri. Users can simply say “Hey Siri,” or touch and hold the top of the HomePod to play the same song on multiple HomePod speakers, play different songs on different HomePod speakers, or even use them as an intercom to broadcast messages to other rooms.
The speaker can also recognise up to six voices, so each member of the home can hear their personal playlists, ask for reminders, and set calendar events.
Not a lot has changed in terms of design. The second-generation speaker from Apple continues to remain identical design-wise to the full-sized original model launched in 2018. It uses mesh fabric on the outside and has a backlit touch surface that illuminates from edge to edge.
Apple claims that its new smart speaker delivers incredible audio quality, with rich, deep bass and stunning high frequencies. It has a custom-engineered high-excursion woofer, a powerful motor, a built-in bass-EQ mic, and a beamforming array of five tweeters.
It can also listen for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and send a notification directly to the user’s iPhone if a sound is identified. The Apple speaker also comes with a built-in temperature and humidity sensor that can measure indoor environments.
Powering the HomePod is Apple’s S7 chip, which combined with software, is claimed to offer “advanced computational audio that maximises the full potential of its acoustic system for a groundbreaking listening experience.”
It also has room sensing technology and recognises sound reflections from nearby surfaces to determine if it is against a wall or freestanding to adapt sound in real-time. What are your thoughts on the latest Apple speaker? Let us know in the comments below.