Apple HomePod (2nd Gen) launched in India, priced at Rs. 32,900
Apple has announced the launch of its second-generation HomePod smart speaker, nearly two years after its predecessor was discontinued. The new HomePod has a slightly streamlined design and promises incredible audio quality. It can play tracks encoded with spatial sound and integrate with compatible smart home products using Apple’s Siri personal voice assistant and S7 processor. It is available in white and a new Midnight color option. The second-generation HomePod is priced at Rs. 32,900 in India and is available for pre-order immediately from official Apple retailers. It will go on sale from February 3.
In terms of sound quality, Apple says it engineered the HomePod’s custom high-excursion woofer to deliver remarkable bass. An array of five tweeters around the device’s circumference enables immersive sound. According to Apple, built-in sensors and microphone EQ, along with Apple’s internal S7 processor, allow the HomePod to perform its own computational operations to maximize its potential. The device can recognize sound reflections and adjust according to its position in a room. Beamforming is used to direct ambient audio and deliver spatial audio experiences.
Like its predecessor and the smaller HomePod mini (Review), the new HomePod has a mesh exterior that Apple says is made from 100% recycled fabric. The backlit touch surface on top of its cylindrical body can be used to activate the Siri voice assistant. The HomePod can also be used as a home intercom system to broadcast messages. Two HomePods can be set up as a stereo pair, or multiple units in a home can be synced, and users can transmit whatever’s playing on an iPhone to the nearest speaker. When set up with an Apple TV, one or more HomePod speakers can take over all audio output and also allow users to control what’s playing with voice commands.
The second-generation HomePod is able to listen for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and can notify users on their iPhone when they’re away. Built-in temperature and humidity sensors enable routine smart home integrations, such as switching devices based on environmental conditions. The Matter standard for smart home integration is expected to enable better interoperability with a wide range of IoT products and accessories.
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