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HomePod mini
HomePod mini (logo).svg
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DeveloperApple Inc.
Product familyHomePod
TypeSmart speaker
Release date
November 16, 2020
(2 years ago)
 (2020-11-16)
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
November 24, 2020
(2 years ago)
 (2020-11-24)
  • Mexico
  • Taiwan
December 11, 2020
(2 years ago)
 (2020-12-11)
  • Mainland China
June 15, 2021
(22 months ago)
 (2021-06-15)
  • Austria
  • Ireland
June 22, 2021
(22 months ago)
 (2021-06-22)
  • New Zealand
November 23, 2021
(17 months ago)
 (2021-11-23)
  • Italy
March 25, 2022
(13 months ago)
 (2022-03-25)
  • Belgium
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
December 13, 2022
(4 months ago)
 (2022-12-13)
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Norway
December 19, 2022
(4 months ago)
 (2022-12-19)
  • South Africa[1]
Introductory priceUSD $99

CA $129
AUD $149
GBP £99
EU €99

HKD $759
Operating systemOriginal: audioOS 14.2 (18K60)
Current: audioOS 16.4
System on a chipApple S5
Memory1 GB
Storage32 GB
DisplayLED matrix (19 RGB LEDs)
Sound1 full-range driver, 2 passive radiators, 4 microphones
InputTouch screen, voice commands via Siri
Connectivity802.11a/b/g/n Wi‑Fi with SISO
Bluetooth 5.0
Thread
UWB
Direct peer-to-peer access:[2]
iOS: iPhone SE, iPhone 6S or later, or iPod Touch (7th generation) with the latest iOS version;
iPadOS: iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation) or later, iPad Air 2 or later, or iPad Mini 4 or later with the latest iPadOS version
Power20 W[3]
Dimensions3.3 in × 3.9 in (84 mm × 99 mm)
Mass0.76 lb (0.34 kg)
Websiteapple.com/homepod-mini

The HomePod Mini (stylized as HomePod mini) is a smart speaker developed by Apple Inc. The HomePod Mini was released on November 16, 2020. Roughly a 10 cm (4-inch) sphere, it was released as a smaller and less expensive version of Apple's HomePod.

Overview

The HomePod Mini is based on the Apple S5 system in a package also used for the Apple Watch Series 5 and SE. It improves Continuity and Handoff integration, enables Siri to recognize up to six people's voices and personalizing responses to each one, and adds the Intercom feature — also available on iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches — enabling users with more than one HomePod to communicate with each other in different rooms.[4]

HomePod Mini's wireless capabilities include 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, and an ultra-wideband chip for device proximity and AirPlay Handoff. It supports the Thread network protocol, supported by the Connected Home over IP working group.[2] It has a non-detachable USB-C cable and comes with a 20W power adapter.

With the release of audioOS 14.3 in late 2020, HomePod Mini gained support for 18W power adapters, which made it compatible with third-party adapters and portable power banks.[5]

It is designed to operate at temperatures from 32° to 95 °F (0° to 35 °C); at relative humidity between 5% to 90% (noncondensing); and at altitudes up to 10,000 feet (3000 m). Following its launch, teardowns found a temperature and humidity sensor that was unannounced by Apple.[6] Humidity and temperature sensing was activated following the 16.3 software update in January 2023, after these sensors were added to the second-generation full-sized HomePod.[7]

It is compatible with devices running iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and later. tvOS 15 allows the Apple TV to use HomePod Mini as a speaker, supporting a stereo pair.[8]

On October 18, 2021, Apple announced that the existing gray and white options would be joined by blue, orange, and yellow versions. The new colors have a tinted touch display that is a lighter hue of the body color, and the braided cable is also colored accordingly.

Sales

Apple sold an estimated 4.6 million smart speakers in Q4 2020, representing sales of both the HomePod mini and original HomePod.[9] The HomePod Mini sold an estimated 2.18 million units in Q1 2021, representing 91% of Apple's smart speaker sales, along with the original HomePod.[10] It sold an estimated 2.5 million units worldwide in Q2 2021, and 4 million units in Q3.[11][12] It sold an estimated 4.5 million units in Q1 2022 and was the top selling individual smart speaker.[13]

Operating system

Main article: audioOS

Comparison with other models

Discontinued Current
Models HomePod
(1st gen)[14]
HomePod
(2nd gen)
HomePod Mini[15][16]
Release date(s) February 9, 2018 February 3, 2023 November 16, 2020
Discontinued March 12, 2021 -
Latest audioOS supported audioOS 16.4
Model number AudioAccessory1,1 (A1639) AudioAccessory6,1 (A2825) AudioAccessory5,1 (A2374)
System on a chip/package Apple A8 Apple S7 Apple S5
Speakers 7 tweeters 5 tweeters 1 full-range driver, 2 passive radiators
4-inch (10 cm) woofer -
Microphones 6 microphones 4 microphones
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO Wi-Fi 802.11n with MIMO
Bluetooth 5
- Thread
- Ultra-wideband (Apple U1)
Sensors Accelerometer
- Humidity and temperature
- Sound recognition
Dimensions 6.8 in × 5.6 in

(170 mm × 140 mm)

6.6 in × 5.6 in

(168 mm × 140 mm)

3.3 in × 3.9 in

(84 mm × 99 mm)

Weight 5.5 lb (2.5 kg) 5.16 lb (2.3 kg) 0.76 lb (0.34 kg)
Colors   Space Gray,
  White
  Midnight,
  White
  Space Gray,   Blue,
  White,   Yellow,
  Orange
Power Built-in power supply, power cable not officially user-detachable[17] Built-in power supply, detachable power cable with IEC 60320 C7/C8 connector External 20W power adapter (compatible with 18W power adapters since software 14.3),[18] non-detachable power cable from device with USB-C end
$US list price on launch $349 $299 $99

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  8. ^ "What's new in tvOS 15 for Apple TV". Apple Support. Archived from the original on 2021-12-23. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
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