Apple has a new smart speaker, the HomePod 2nd Generation, It is an upgrade to the original 2018 model, retaining its design and adding improvements in terms of sound and artificial intelligence.
Apple states that HomePod 2nd Gen a “Powerful smart speaker that delivers next-level acoustics”, Its main improvement lies in the integration of computer audio for a better listening experience, which includes support for spatial audio tracks,
same on the outside, good on the inside
In technical matters, the new HomePod 2023 will have a “custom-designed” woofer And with a 20mm diaphragm bass equalization microphone, which delivers deep bass, Apple states. There is also a beamforming arrangement of five inside the speaker to ensure that the high and mid frequencies are not neglected twitter around the base.
The S7 chip combines all this hardware with spatial recognition software to enhance the audio experience. HomePod 2nd Generation Enabled Detect obstacles in a room and automatically adjust their volume, according to Apple. To further enhance the listening experience, two 2nd generation HomePods can be linked to form a stereo pair.
HomePod 2nd Gen integrates new functions for the home: Create “automation” smart home using siri, Measure the temperature and humidity of a roomThanks to its new sensors, and using voice recognition to send notifications to the user’s iPhone when smoke or carbon monoxide alarms are detected.
This way, for example, users will be able to create automations to automatically close the blinds or turn on the air conditioning when the HomePod detects a certain temperature in the room. you can also make “sight” With Siri so that with a single command like “Good morning,” activate multiple devices in the home.
Environmental sounds like the ocean, forest, and rain have been re-mastered in the HomePod 2nd Gen, and according to Apple they now “more integrated into the experience” And they can be combined into scenes, automation and alarms. The Home app has also been revamped to provide better control over home appliances, which is now organized into categories.
To close the Smart Home section, tap The new HomePod 2023 is compatible with Matter, the new IoT device control standard that enables interoperability of devices and accessories from different brands. HomePod 2nd Gen will then be able to connect to and control Matter-enabled accessories.
Lastly, Apple pointed out that although the design of the new HomePod is similar to the original 2018 model, it has been “sophisticated” and describes “Prestigious”: A seamless mesh cover and backlit touch surface on top.
HomePod 2nd generation (2023), availability and price in Mexico
The new HomePod 2nd Gen is already available for pre-order in select markets such as United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Spain. It has an official price of $299, is available in black and white, and will go on official sale on February 3rd.
HomePod 2nd Gen official price in Mexico is 6,899 pesos, It is already listed on the Apple Store but does not mention a release date for our country.