Apple HomePod (2nd Gen) has been launched in India, priced at Rs. 32,900

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Apple has announced the launch of its second-generation HomePod smart speaker, two years after its predecessor was discontinued. The new HomePod has a slightly more streamlined design and promises great sound quality. It can play spatial audio-encoded tracks and integrate with Apple’s Siri personal voice assistant and compatible smart home products using the S7 processor. It is available in White and New Midnight. The second generation HomePod is priced at Rs. 32,900 in India and can be pre-ordered immediately from Apple’s official retailers. It will go on sale from February 3.

When it comes to sound quality, Apple claims to have designed the HomePod’s special high-excursion woofer to deliver incredible bass. An array of five tweeters around the device delivers immersive sound. Apple says the built-in sensors and microphone EQ work with Apple’s internal S7 processor to perform its own computing operations to maximize the HomePod’s capabilities. The device can recognize sound reflections and adjust according to its location in the room. Beamforming is used to direct external sound and deliver spatial audio experiences.

Like its predecessor and the smaller HomePod mini ( Review ), the new HomePod has a mesh exterior that Apple claims is made from 100% recycled fabric. The illuminated touch surface at the top of the cylindrical body can be used to activate the Siri voice assistant. 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 the home can be synced and users can send whatever they’re playing on their iPhone to the nearest speaker. When set up with an Apple TV, one or more HomePod speakers can handle all audio output and allow users to control what’s playing with voice commands.

The second-generation HomePod can listen for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and notify users on their iPhone when they’re not. Built-in temperature and humidity sensors enable everyday smart home integrations, such as switching appliances based on environmental conditions. The Matter standard for smart home integration is expected to provide better interoperability with a wide range of IoT products and accessories.

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