Apple has recently launched its second-generation full-size HomePod. The new HomePod 2 has a similar design to the original, but with some new capabilities and changes. The original HomePod was launched by Apple in 2018 at a price of $349.
After one year, the price was cut to $299. However, the HomePod was already discontinued in 2021 and replaced by the HomePod mini which had a more affordable price of $99. The HomePod 2 features Thread/Matter support, a temperature/humidity sensor, updated Apple Silicon chips, and a minor design tweak.
In terms of audio features, there isn’t much difference between the HomePod 2 and the original. The only audio difference mentioned by Apple is that the computational audio is now advanced with system sensing for real-time audio tuning. The HomePod 2 offers Spatial Audio/Dolby Atmos, which the mini does not. HomePod 2 has improved smart home and connectivity features compared to the original. It has Thread/Matter support, an S7 chip, U1 for improved iPhone handoffs, and a temperature/humidity sensor. HomePod 2 also has Sound Recognition which is expected to arrive this spring. The touch panel on the HomePod 2 is slightly recessed like the mini, and the touch surface illuminates entirely like the mini.
However, Apple downgraded the WiFi chip from 802.11ac to 802.11n, and skipped the upgrade to Bluetooth 5.3. HomePod 2 has a user-removable power cable that can be replaced. The speakers and mics in the HomePod 2 have some improvements as well.
In conclusion, the HomePod 2 offers a similar audio experience to the original HomePod with a few tweaks, but the biggest differences are in the smart home and connectivity features. The HomePod 2 is a good choice for those who want a full-size smart speaker with improved connectivity options.
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Will you be getting the new HomePod 2?