Apple has announced the release of its second-generation model of HomePod smart speaker. HomePod (2nd generation), a powerful smart speaker with next-level acoustics and a stunning, unique appearance. The Apple smart speaker includes support for Spatial Audio tracks. Users can now establish smart home automations using Siri, receive notifications when a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm is detected in their house, and check the temperature and humidity in a room – all hands-free.
The new HomePod (2nd generation) has a stunning appearance that fits in with any environment and features a transparent mesh fabric and a backlit touch surface that illuminates from edge to edge. HomePod comes with a colour-coordinated braided charging cable and is available in white and midnight, a new shade manufactured from a mesh fabric that is 100 percent recycled. With the use of room sensing technology, HomePod can detect whether it is against a wall or freestanding by listening for sound reflections from nearby surfaces. It then adjusts the sound in real-time.
A powerful acoustic experience is achieved by combining a custom-engineered high-excursion woofer, a strong motor that moves the diaphragm a stunning 20mm, a built-in bass-EQ mic, and a beamforming array of five tweeters around the base. In order to provide even more sophisticated computational audio that utilises the full potential of its acoustic system for a game-changing listening experience, the S7 chip is integrated with software and system-sensing technology.
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Its beamforming array of five tweeters, which has precise directional control, separates and beams direct and background music, immersing listeners in crisp vocals and complex instruments.
Two HomePod speakers placed side by side in the same area can also be used to form a stereo pair. A stereo pair not only divides the left and right channels, but also plays each channel in unison, resulting in a larger, more expansive soundstage than conventional stereo speakers for an absolutely exceptional listening experience.
A number of strong features are unlocked when two or more HomePod or HomePod small speakers are used. Saying “Hey Siri” or touching and holding the top of the HomePod allows users to play the same music on various HomePod speakers, different songs on different HomePod speakers, or even use the HomePod speakers as an intercom to broadcast messages to other rooms using multi room audio with AirPlay.
With Apple Music, users can access a library of over 100 million songs, enjoy spatial audio with a single HomePod or a stereo pair, or build an engaging home theatre with Apple TV 4K. Siri allows users to search for music information by artist, song, lyrics, decade, genre, mood, or activity.
Customers can make HomePod the audio system for all connected devices by using Apple TV 4K’s eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) functionality. Additionally, consumers may manage what is playing on their Apple TV hands-free with Siri on the HomePod.
Any member of the house can bring an iPhone close to a HomePod to effortlessly control what is playing or receive personalised music and podcast recommendations. HomePod can recognise up to six voices, allowing each person to hear their own songs, request reminders, and schedule activities on the calendar.
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With the help of Sound Recognition, HomePod can listen for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and, if one is heard, send a notification straight to the user’s iPhone. Users can construct automations that close the blinds or turn on the fan automatically when a particular temperature is achieved in a room thanks to the new built-in temperature and humidity sensor, which can measure interior surroundings.
Pricing and availability
Online orders for the new HomePod can be made starting today, and delivery will start on February 3. The Apple Store now accepts orders for the HomePod (2nd generation) for INR 32900.
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