Apple brings the original HomePod back from its grave, with the second generation now available for $299.


Apple HomePod 2

Apple has not announced new devices. Following the unveiling of the new MacBook Pros and Mac mini, the company has shown off a new full-size HomePod, the original and highly priced smart speaker Apple discontinued in March 2021.

Apple says the second-generation HomePod is “packed with Apple innovations and Siri intelligence,” advanced computational audio, and native audio support for an “intense listening experience.” Visually, it’s almost identical to the original model, with a backlit touch surface and two color options (white and midnight) made from 100% recycled mesh fabric.

Apple HomePod 2

HomePod delivers incredible audio quality with rich, deep bass and stunning high frequencies. A custom-engineered high-excitation woofer, powerful motor that drives the diaphragm a remarkable 20mm, a built-in bass-EQ mic, and a beamforming array of five tweeters around the base all combine to deliver a powerful sound experience. Work together. The S7 chip is combined with software and system sensing technology to deliver even more advanced computational audio that maximizes the full potential of its sound system for an immersive listening experience.

Apple HomePod 2

With room-sensing technology, HomePod detects sound reflections from nearby surfaces to determine whether it’s against a wall or freestanding, and then adapts the sound in real time. Precise directional control of its beamforming array of five tweeters separates and beams direct and ambient audio, immersing listeners in crystal-clear sound and rich instrumentation.

Like the original HomePod and HomePod mini, users can pair two HomePods 2 to separate the left and right channels and create a wider and more immersive soundstage. Another new feature coming from the HomePod Mini is ultra-wideband technology that lets you stream whatever you’re playing directly to the HomePod.

Apple HomePod 2

The new HomePod also supports voice recognition and can hear smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Once detected, HomePods will send you a notification on your iPhone. There are also indoor temperature and humidity sensors to measure the indoor environment and create home automation.

Apple HomePod 2

The second generation is the HomePod. Available to order now for $299., which is only $50 cheaper than the original version. Apple plans to ship the device on February 3, 2023.


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