The Mac mini M2 and the new MacBook Pro have not been the only novelties that Apple had prepared for this week. The company has today introduced a new HomePod, the second generation of the original model that stopped selling in March 2021.

At first glance it seems that we are in front of a reissue of the original model, but we have some hidden differences between both generations which is worth detailing. Let’s put the features of this new model next to the old one and compare.

HomePod on the outside, HomePod 2 on the inside

original homepod

homepod 2

dimensions

17.2cm tall

14.2 cm wide (diameter)

16.8cm tall

14.2 cm wide (diameter)

weight

2.5kg

2.3kg

CHIP

A8

S7

internal speakers

Four-inch long-excursion woofer

Seven horn-shaped tweeters

Four-inch long-excursion woofer

Five horn-shaped tweeters

microphones

6

4

dolby atmos

Yes (requires Apple TV 4K)

Yes (requires Apple TV 4K)

screen

LEDs, 19 RGB LEDs arranged in a circle

LEDs, 19 RGB LEDs arranged in a circle

TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY SENSORS

Not

Yes

CONNECTIVITY

wifi 5

Bluetooth 5.0

wifi 5

Bluetooth 5.0

matter

Thread

Ultra Wide Band Chip

accelerometer

others

ambient sounds

detachable power cord

price

349 euros originally, 329 euros later

349 euros

The design is the same as the original HomePod, only slightly shorter and weighing 200 grams less. It is not something that we are going to notice too much, but it is because we have two fewer tweeters. Apple must have overhauled the entire sound system and may have decided to simplify it seeing that it can be optimized with fewer speakers. And the same may have happened with the microphones, because we have gone from having six to having four.

It stands out that now the new HomePod has temperature and humidity sensor, with which we now have that data integrated with Siri and HomeKit. And the compatibility with Matter also integrates this home automation standard with the rest of the devices in the ecosystem.

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Beyond that, the new HomePod goes on to be sold for $299 in the United States (the price that Apple applied after the discount) and 349 euros in Spain (the price that Apple had pre-discount). Unfair, yes, but inflation is what it is. Now it will be time to see if the speaker is successful and therefore justifies its relaunch: the HomePod 2 will be in stores from February 3.

Image | The blowup

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