Apple surprisingly announced today (18) 2nd generation HomePod, smart speaker brand. The new version of the product features a revamped design with sheer mesh fabric, Spatial Sound support, smoke or carbon monoxide alarm notifications, ambient temperature and humidity verification, and more. Another important emphasis is Important standards support.
The novelty is available for pre-order in the United States starting at US$299 (about R$1,500 at current price) and will ship from February 3rd. Apple hasn’t said whether the device will come to Brazil, which at this point seems unlikely, as the 1st generation of the speaker (and the HomePod mini) hasn’t been officially released here either.
HomePod 2nd generation promises to offer sound quality with powerful bass and high sound frequencies. The electronics have 20mm bass compensation and chip s7Combined with the software, it delivers an “innovative audio experience,” according to the brand.
The new HomePod has ambient detection and can therefore recognize sound reflections from nearby surfaces. For example, he uses the tool to detect if the sound is against a wall and manages to adapt the sound with the directional control.
In total, they Over 100 million songs from Apple Music Able to be heard using Spatial Audio. There’s also the ability to connect to a home theater system with Apple TV 4K and use Siri to ask about music information and research artists, lyrics, new songs and more.
According to Apple, the new HomePod is designed as a device that automates users’ homes. Besides integration with devices such as the iPhone, the smart speaker recognizes the voices of people in the house, playing individual playlists for each, and even identifies individual calendar events.
Because of voice recognition, detecting smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and send a notification directly to the user’s mobile phone. The new temperature and humidity sensor can monitor indoor environments so users can create automations to close the blinds or turn on the fan automatically.
The smart speaker also acts as a smart device hub as it uses the Matter standard and enables other devices from certain settings. For example, it is possible to configure activations such as “Good Morning” to open several other accessories at the same time.
The HomePod 2nd generation will be available in Midnight colors, a new color made from 100% recycled knit fabric with a White and same color braided power cord.
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Source: Tec Mundo