Apple HomePod Mini takes on Google Nest Mini and Echo Dot

The newer speaker comes in white and space grey colors and will be available for pre-order on November 6. On top is a backlit touch surface for controls. Apple claims that HomePod mini features an Apple-designed acoustic waveguide to direct the flow of sound down and out toward the bottom of the speaker for an immersive 360-degree audio experience.

The HomePod Mini is 3.3-inches tall (the original HomePod is 6.8-inches in height) and is powered by Apple's S5 chip.

Apple has unveiled a new smart speaker at its virtual showcase. However, recent reports are suggesting there is one important reason to be excited about the HomePod mini. And Apple will make it available for preorder November 6, with orders shipping on November 16. The smart speaker, which competes with the likes of Google Home and Amazon's army of Echo devices, has received mostly mixed reviews. Similar to Alexa's "announce" feature, Intercom will allow HomePod owners to leverage their smart speakers - and other Apple devices - to communicate with all family members at once. HomePod mini will be available in China, Mexico, and Taiwan later this year.

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When plonking two HomePod Mini speakers in the same room, these Siri-enabled speakers will detect their proximity and pair-up to play your music in stereo.

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Like its bigger sibling HomePod, the new speaker is created to direct the flow of sound down and out toward the bottom of the speaker to deliver an immersive 360-degree audio experience.

This being Apple in 2020, there's an Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip so these things will now when your iPhone is nearby for fancy handoff features.

The feature will make the most sense for households that have already bought into the Apple ecosystem, as you'll be able to use Intercom across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac and even AirPods and CarPlay.

Apple priced the older HomePod at $450 CAD, which is quite a bit more expensive than the competition from Sonos, Google and Amazon. It can access all the smart accessories like locks temperature, lights. With Ultra Wideband tech and the U1 chip, Apple is looking to provide wider HomeKit support and improved functionality.

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