Apple announces HomePod mini smart speaker

Apple announces $99 HomePod mini smart speaker

Apple announces a $99 HomePod Mini smart speaker at its ‘Hi, Speed’ virtual event

  • Spherical design of the speaker is similar in appearance to the latest Echo
  • Device has a mesh covering and features Apple’s smart assistant, Siri

Apple has unveiled a new smart speaker at its virtual showcase.

Apple's new HomePod mini speaker

It comes in white, space grey and is open for orders November 6, with shipping starting on November 16. It will retail for $99, Apple announced.

The unveiling came during its ‘Hi, Speed’, event which was streamed from Apple’s headquarters in California at 6pm BST.

The annual launch event is nearly one month later than normal and comes as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted Apple’s well-oiled machine for designing and churning out its biggest-selling product.

The Mini is powered by Apple’s S5 chip, the same one in the Apple Watch SE and Series 5.

The speaker has a mesh appearance similar in design to the latest Echo and has visual, audio and haptic interactions with a user’s iPhone.

The virtual event is also expected to be where the iPhone 12 range is launched.



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