2nd-Gen HomePod Comes With Support for Spatial Audio

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After discontinuing the HomePod 1st generation in 2021, today Apple announced the 2nd-Gen HomePod. It comes with new technology that promises even more immersive audio with sensors to automatically optimize sound based on the acoustic level of the environment.

Starting with the design, the new HomePod has an appearance similar to the original. It is covered by a layer of 100% recycled fabric mesh in midnight black or white with a backlit top.

The HomePod’s sound system consists of a custom high-excursion woofer that brings a motor to drive the 20mm diaphragm and a built-in equalizer microphone. There are even 5 tweeters around the base to extend the sound range.

“Leveraging our audio expertise and innovations, the new HomePod delivers rich, deep bass, natural mid-range, and clear, detailed highs. With the popularity of HomePod mini, we’ve seen growing interest in even more powerful acoustics achievable in a larger HomePod. We’re thrilled to bring the next generation of HomePod to customers around the world.”

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing

The sound is managed by the Apple S7 chip that uses sensors integrated into the HomePod to detect the acoustics of the place and optimize frequencies based on an Apple algorithm that even guarantees support for Spatial Audio via Apple Music.

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The processor is also responsible for ensuring accurate responses from Siri, which can only be activated with voice commands from up to 6 different people without having to touch the HomePod. Speaker control can also be done via the top backlit area, which is touch-sensitive.

The connection of 2nd-Gen HomePod with iPhone can be made via AirPlay or Ultra Wideband with multiroom audio, allowing the same media to be played on several of them at the same time or they can be used to transmit messages around the house if more than one is present in it.

You can also pair two HomePods to create an even more complete experience with separate sound channels for each, perfect when listening to music with Spatial Audio or watching a movie on Apple TV.

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