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HomePod mini
HomePod mini wordmark.svg
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DeveloperApple Inc.
TypeSmart speaker
Release date
November 16, 2020
(22 months ago)
 (2020-11-16)
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
November 24, 2020
(22 months ago)
 (2020-11-24)
  • Mexico
  • Taiwan
December 11, 2020
(21 months ago)
 (2020-12-11)
  • Mainland China
June 15, 2021
(15 months ago)
 (2021-06-15)
  • Austria
  • Ireland
June 22, 2021
(15 months ago)
 (2021-06-22)
  • New Zealand
November 23, 2021
(10 months ago)
 (2021-11-23)
  • Italy
March 25, 2022
(6 months ago)
 (2022-03-25)
  • Belgium
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
Introductory priceUSD $99

CA $129
AUD $149
GBP £99
EU €99

HKD $759
Operating systemOriginal: audioOS 14.2 (18K60)
Current: audioOS 15.5.1[when?]
System on a chipApple S5
Memory1GB (LPDDRx)
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:[1]
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
Power20W[2]
Dimensions3.3 in × 3.9 in (84 mm × 99 mm)
Mass0.76 lb (0.34 kg)
PredecessorHomePod
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 now-discontinued 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.[3]

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.[1] It has a non-detachable USB-C cable and comes with a 20W power adapter.

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). It has a temperature and humidity sensor that was unannounced by Apple.[4]

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.[5]

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.

Differences with original HomePod

Feature HomePod HomePod mini
Initial release operating system audioOS 11.2.5 audioOS 14.2
Latest release operating system audioOS 15.5.1 audioOS 15.5.1
Speakers 7 tweeters, 4-inch (10 cm) woofer[6] 1 full-range driver, 2 passive radiators
Microphone Six-microphone array, Low frequency microphone for real-time woofer calibration[6] 4 microphones
Display LED matrix (19 RGB LEDs)[6] LED matrix (19 RGB LEDs)[7]
Processor Apple A8 APL1011[6] Apple S5[7]
Memory 1GB 1GB (LPDDRx)
Storage 16 GB[6] 32 GB
Wi-Fi (802.11) 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n Wi‑Fi with SISO
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0[6] Bluetooth 5.0
Ultra Wideband chip for spatial awareness U1 chip[8]
Thread Yes[8]
Sensors HDC2010 Humidity and Temperature Digital Sensor[7]
Size 6.8 in × 5.6 in (170 mm × 140 mm) 3.3 in × 3.9 in (84 mm × 99 mm)
Weight 5.5 lb (2.5 kg) 0.76 lb (0.34 kg)

Sales

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.[9] It sold an estimated 2.5 million units worldwide in Q2 2021, and 4 million units in Q3.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ a b "HomePod mini - Technical Specifications - Apple". Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  2. ^ Nugroho, Prayudi Satriyo (2021-03-14). "How much power does the HomePod mini actually draw?". Medium. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  3. ^ "HomePod mini". Apple. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  4. ^ "Apple's HomePod Mini Has a Secret Sensor Waiting to Be Switched On". Bloomberg.com. 2021-03-22. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  5. ^ "What's new in tvOS 15 for Apple TV". Apple Support. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "HomePod Teardown". iFixit. 2018-02-12. Retrieved 2022-05-08.
  7. ^ a b c "HomePod Mini: Round, Full of Sound, and Now Torn Down | iFixit News". iFixit. 2022-05-08. Retrieved 2022-05-08.
  8. ^ a b "HomePod mini: Buyer's Guide, Should You Buy?". MacRumors. Retrieved 2022-05-08.
  9. ^ "Apple Is Still Struggling to Unload Its Launch Day HomePods". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  10. ^ Lovejoy, Ben (2021-07-29). "HomePod sales get 180% boost, but a new model 'may be needed'". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  11. ^ "Strategy Analytics: Another Record Quarter for Smart Speakers in 3Q21, Though Supply Chain Woes are on the Horizon". news.strategyanalytics.com. Retrieved 2021-12-23.