January 30, 2023

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Apple brings back the full-sized HomePod smart speaker, priced at $300

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Apple is back in the smart speaker space, big time: The tech giant announced its second-generation full-size HomePod — promising “next-level acoustics” — representing a new competitor to the likes of Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Nest and Sonos speakers.

The launch of the new HomePod, which measures 5.6 inches wide and 6.6 inches tall, comes two years after discontinuing the original model while Apple continues to sell smaller HomePod Mini speakers.

The new HomePod costs $299, is available in white and black (or “midnight” as Apple has dubbed it). It is scheduled to start on February 3

The device supports spatial audio tracks and users can create a stereo pair with two HomePod speakers in the same location. Speakers can be connected to Apple TV 4K for Dolby Atmos audio in a home-theater setup, and with Siri on HomePod, users can control what’s playing on their Apple TV hands-free. Plus, HomePods support multiroom audio, so you can play the same song on multiple HomePods or HomePod Mini speakers or use it as an intercom to broadcast messages to other rooms.

In addition to core audio features, the second-generation HomePod offers smart-home automation and management features. The device has a new built-in temperature and humidity sensor, which allows you to create automation that closes the blinds or automatically turns on a fan when a certain temperature is reached. With an update this spring, the HomePod’s microphone can listen for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and send a notification directly to the user’s iPhone when a sound is detected.

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