Apple unveils second generation HomePod with S7 chip and new midnight color option
Apple just announced the HomePod (2nd generation).
Compared to the original mode, the new HomePod has five tweeters (up from 7) and four microphones (up from 6). The new HomePod is also powered by an S7 chip (versus A8 on the original model) for computational audio, and a U1 chip for ultra-wideband functions such as transferring music from the iPhone to the device.
The HomePod (2nd generation) is also positioned as “a smart home essential”. It can listen to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms with Sound Recognitionand send notifications directly to iPhone. It also has built-in temperature and humidity sensor for indoor environments. The new HomePod connects to and controls Matter-compatible accessories and functions as an essential home hub.
The Apple HomePod (2nd generation) is available for purchase in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK, US and 11 other countries and regions for €299. It comes in white and midnight, a new color made with 100% recycled mesh fabric, with a color-matched woven power cord.
It is compatible with iPhone SE (2nd generation) and later, or iPhone 8 and later with iOS 16.3 or later), or iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation) and later, iPad Air (3rd generation) and later, or iPad mini ( 5th generation) and later with iPadOS 16.3.