Apple suddenly announced the new HomePod, priced at $299

Apple released the second-generation HomePod after the new MacBook Pro and Mac mini. The first-generation model was so expensive that Apple had to stop making it in March 2021.

According to Neowin, Apple says the second-generation HomePod is packed with many of the company’s innovations and smart assistant Siri, supporting Spatial Audio for a groundbreaking listening experience. It looks a lot like the original model. It has a backlit touch surface and can be white or midnight. It is made of 100% recycled mesh fabric.

HomePod 2 delivers high-quality sound with deep bass. An array of five tweeters and an integrated bass EQ beam around the base. It all works together to achieve a powerful audio experience. The S7 chip is combined with system sensing software and technology to provide an even more advanced computing experience that maximizes the full potential of your audio system for a groundbreaking listening experience.

The HomePod uses room-sensing technology to figure out if it is leaning against a wall or standing freely by listening to the sound that bounces off nearby surfaces. It then adjusts the sound in real-time. Precise directional control of the beamforming array of five tweeters provides a clear listening experience and rich instrumentation.

Like the first-generation HomePod and HomePod mini, users can pair two HomePod 2s to separate left and right channels and create a wider and more immersive soundstage. Another new feature coming from the HomePod mini is Ultra Wideband technology, which allows users to transfer whatever is being streamed to the HomePod.

The new HomePod also supports audio recognition, which can listen for smoke and carbon monoxide alerts. Once detected, the speaker sends a notification to the user’s iPhone. There are also built-in temperature and humidity sensors to measure indoor environments and create home automation systems.

The second-generation HomePod is available to order now for $299, $50 less than the original version. Apple is expected to ship the device to users on February 3, 2023.

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