HomePod Mini Overview Updated March 25, 2022

HomePod Mini

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October 2020 - March 2022

During its October iPhone event, Apple unveiled the HomePod mini. The HomePod mini is a new circular ‘bowl’ designed speaker aimed to be the ‘little brother’ to the original HomePod like the Amazon Echo Dot is to the Amazon Echo.

The speaker emits sound in a 360-degree array. The mini is powered by the Apple S5 chip that also powers the Apple Watch. Alongside the hardware, Apple announced several new feature updates for Siri.

HomePod mini pricing

While the original HomePod retailed for $349 originally (Now $299), the HomePod mini is only $99. This price point will make it easy to put Siri, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and HomeKit in every room of the house.

HomePod mini pairing

Like the original HomePod, the mini will come wrapped in mesh fabric in either black or white options.

“HomePod mini has everything customers want in a smart speaker — amazing sound for listening to music, a world-class intelligent assistant that delivers a personal experience to each member of the household, and like every Apple product, it’s designed with privacy and security in mind,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “HomePod mini is the ultimate smart speaker for anyone with an Apple device. It works effortlessly with iPhone to hand off music, answer calls, or deliver personalized listening suggestions, elevates the sound from Apple TV, plays music from a Mac, and so much more. There’s a lot of Apple innovation packed into such a small speaker, all at an affordable price.”

Supported Services

The mini works with Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, radio stations from iHeartRadio, radio.com, and TuneIn, and it will be adding support for Pandora and Amazon Music in the coming months. Support for Spotify was not mentioned.

Stereo support

Multiple speakers work together to stream music or podcasts to multiple rooms, all in perfect sync. By placing two mini speakers in a single room, a stereo pair can be created for a room-filling sound. A mini cannot be paired with the original HomePod for stereo pair.

New features

Siri with HomePod can identify who is speaking and customize music and podcasts to their preferences, and respond to personal requests, like accessing iMessages, reminders, notes, and calendar events, or answering phone calls. Siri on HomePods also offers a new personal update for a quick snapshot of the upcoming day.

With a single command, users can ask Siri “What’s my update?” to hear the latest news, weather, traffic, reminders, and calendar appointments.

In the new intercom feature, you can send an Intercom message from one HomePod to another — regardless if they are in a different room, a specific zone, or multiple rooms throughout the home — and their voice will automatically play on the designated HomePod.

Intercom will work across with HomePods, as well as iPhone, iPadApple Watch, and even CarPlay.

Additional Features

  • Siri Shortcuts created on iPhone and iPad are usable on HomePod mini, so users can ask Siri the mini to start a pot of coffee or add bread to the grocery list, and more.
  • Ambient sounds offer the perfect background noise to focus, relax, or fall asleep. Siri can set a sleep timer so the sounds automatically stop playing after a half-hour, etc.
  • Find My helps locate a misplaced iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch by playing a sound to help locate it.
  • Web search results from mini can be sent directly to an iPhone.
  • Music alarms let you wake up to a favorite song, playlist, or station from Apple Music.

Keep reading for the latest news, deals, and reviews about Apple’s latest smart speaker. Check out 9to5Toys for the latest Apple deals.

HomePod mini Stories March 25

The HomePod mini is now officially available in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Apple had previously said that the smart speaker would launch in these countries by the end of March.

Apple updated earlier news releases to confirm today’s launch, with identical copy aside from the country and price …

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HomePod mini Stories March 8

After the “Peek Performance” event, Apple added the HomePod mini to its stores in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Belgium. It will arrive in these countries by the end of March.

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HomePod mini Stories February 4

In November Apple refreshed the HomePod mini with three new fall colors. They’ve been particularly difficult to get recently – nearly unavailable in many retail stores and suffering from longer-than-usual shipping times. Despite this, the white and space gray models are widely available. With Apple’s March event now revealed, might we see a spring color refresh for the HomePod mini?

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HomePod mini Stories January 9

Apple has been hinting that it could launch the HomePod mini in more countries in 2022. After adding new languages support to the smart speaker, it appears that Sweden could receive the product soon.

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HomePod mini Stories December 8, 2021

Apple brings Dutch support to Siri on HomePod, hints at Netherlands HomePod mini release

Along with iOS 15.2 RC, Apple has launched support for Dutch with Siri on HomePod and HomePod mini. The move likely means Apple will officially launch the HomePod mini in the Netherlands soon.

HomePod mini Stories November 23, 2021

Update: The story has been updated to reflect that the HomePod mini is now available in Italy. Not only that, but all countries that already have this product, can choose these new colors.

Earlier this month, Apple started selling the HomePod mini in three new colors in the US. Now, the company is expanding the availability of these options to Australia and New Zealand as well as making the product available in Italy for the first time ever.

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HomePod mini Stories November 22, 2021

During the WWDC21 keynote, Apple announced that the HomePod mini would arrive in Austria, Italy, and New Zealand “later this year.” Now, it appears that the product will launch in Italy this Tuesday.

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HomePod mini Stories November 9, 2021

A few months ago my original HomePod died. Its early death was likely an unfortunate side effect of a bad software update. And since Apple no longer sells the original HomePod after discontinuing it early this year, the only option is to buy a HomePod mini, buy a used HomePod, or look elsewhere entirely.

Though it doesn’t possess the amazing sound quality of the original HomePod, the HomePod mini is a good smart speaker, and is better than the original in other ways. With last week’s release of three additional HomePod mini colors, I thought it was a good time to revisit some of the best HomePod mini features.

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HomePod mini Stories November 3, 2021

During the “Unleashed” event, Apple surprised everyone with new HomePod mini colors. The product, which launched in 2020 and surprisingly replaced the original HomePod, is now being sold with three additional colors: orange, yellow, and blue, apart from the already existing black and white options. Are you buying a new HomePod mini?

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HomePod mini Stories November 1, 2021

Apple’s three new HomePod mini colors officially went on-sale today at Apple stores and we’ve got our hands on all of them. The new HomePod minis are priced at the same $99 and are now available both for delivery and in-store pick up at Apple retail stores.

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Apple’s three new HomePod mini colors are now available to order on Apple.com and the Apple Store app. The colors were introduced a few weeks ago at Apple’s “Unleashed” special event and include: yellow, orange, and a dark blue. They’re a big departure from the neutral white and space grey colors that Apple has offered for HomePods for 4 years. The new colors are priced at the same $99.

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After Apple released the new MacBook Pro and AirPods 3, the last thing people were expecting to be available was the HomePod mini in new colors. While we still don’t have a release date for the new colors, new videos today showcase them in the real world.

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HomePod mini Stories October 30, 2021

Gurman: New HomePod mini colors to be available this week

During its “Unleashed” event this month, Apple announced that its $99 HomePod mini smart speaker would be available in three new colors sometime in November. Now, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has teased that the new HomePod mini colors will be released sometime “early this week.”

HomePod mini Stories October 27, 2021

New HomePod mini colors may be available next week in the US, coming to Europe later

According to AppleTrack, the new HomePod mini colors will be available early next week. AppleTrack says that Apple will start taking orders for the new orange, yellow, and blue HomePod minis on Monday. Apple previously said that the new HomePod minis would be available in November and Monday is November 1st.

HomePod mini Stories October 19, 2021

Apple held its “Unleashed” event yesterday. With a new Apple Music plan, new HomePod mini colors, redesigned AirPods 3, and new Macs with the powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, what was your favorite announcement?

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HomePod mini Stories August 4, 2021

A new report from CIRP today looking at the US smart speaker market for the June quarter highlights the continued dominance of Amazon and Google while HomePod and HomePod mini still make up a small sliver of smart speaker owners.

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HomePod mini Stories July 29, 2021

HomePod sales estimates appear to validate Apple’s decision to launch the $99 HomePod mini before subsequently discontinuing the original HomePod. A new report today says that HomePod sales grew 180% from the second quarter of 2020 to the same quarter this year.

Market intelligence company Omdia does, however, suggest that Apple may need to launch a new version to maintain this momentum …

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HomePod mini Stories July 12, 2021

Apple today released the third beta version of HomePod Software 15 to invited users as part of the AppleSeed program. While the release notes don’t give details of what has changed in today’s build, the update follows reports about the HomePod Software 14.6 and 15.0 beta bricking users’ speakers.

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HomePod mini Stories June 7, 2021

Apple today announced at WWDC 2021 that HomePod mini is coming to more countries. Following the announcement of new features for Home with the upcoming major updates to tvOS and HomePod Software, the company confirmed it will bring the HomePod mini to Austria, Italy, and more countries.

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HomePod mini Stories May 18, 2021

A day after the Apple Music Lossless Audio announcement, there’s still a great deal of confusion. A few things have become clear in the meantime, but other elements remain murky.

Apple spent most of its press release talking about Spatial Audio, and very little talking about Lossless Audio. That wasn’t a surprise: Anyone with the right kit will be able to hear the benefit of the former, while rather few will be able to hear the lossless difference

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HomePod mini Stories April 20, 2021

HomePod mini launching in three more countries in June

After today’s “Spring Loaded” event, Apple has also announced that the HomePod mini will be launching in new countries in June.

HomePod mini Stories April 2, 2021

There’s been a lot of discussion about Apple’s decision to discontinue the original HomePod and its relation to what the future of Apple’s Home strategy will become. I highly recommend that you read Zac Hall’s piece on this topic. This week, I want to look at the positive aspects of where Apple is at with its Home strategy. After filling my house with HomePod minis, I’ve now discovered how essential having a voice-driven Home assistant in every room is for your home. Read on to learn why, despite having a lower-quality music speaker, the HomePod mini and HomeKit are the perfect match for each other.

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HomePod mini Stories March 22, 2021

According to Bloomberg, and backed up by analysis from iFixit, the HomePod mini includes a secret sensor that is designed to measure the current temperature and humidity of the room the HomePod mini is in. It seems like this sensor could be activated through a software update to provide new functionality to HomePod mini users.

Various third-party HomeKit products exist that can measure room temperature, but it would be convenient for HomeKit users if the HomePod mini could do it without the need for an additional accessory.

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HomePod mini Stories March 15, 2021

Apple debuted the HomePod mini back in October with an all-new spherical design and impressive list of features and specs priced at $99 — $200 less than the list price of its bigger brother. Read on for a detailed HomePod mini vs HomePod comparison.

Update 3/15/21: Now that the original HomePod has been discontinued you might be wondering if it’s worth picking one (or more?) up before they’re totally sold out. Or maybe you’re just curious about the unique features of the larger HomePod like Dolby Atmos, spatial awareness, and richer sound.

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