Apple HomePod Mini Announced | Nepal Launch Awaits

Sujan Koirala 16 Oct, 2020

During the second iteration of Apple Hardware, Apple announces 4 new iPhones under iPhone 12 Series alongside the long-awaited new HomePod. Yes, it’s a second iteration as the first one had announced Apple Watch Series 6 and iPad Air. It’s been rumored for a long time that a new HomePod is coming but finally, the wait is over. Apple HomePod made an official debut that too at an affordable price. Apple HomePod is launched at the price of $99 (Converted |~ Rs. 11.5K Nepali Price).

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Apple HomePod Mini Overview

With the affordable pricing, it will go head-to-head with Alexa-powered Echo and Google Assistant-powered Nest Audio. Let’s find out what this new Apple HomePod has to offer.

Starting off with the design, Apple HomePod Mini is similar to its previous version, HomePod. The new HomePod is spherical with a flat base and top, made of mesh fabric, and has 3.3-inch. The top flat surface has a touch panel to control the volume and music playback. Available in White and Space Gray color, it is 3.9-inches wide and weighs around 345 grams. Talking more about the top panel, it glows while using Siri. 

The touch control of top panel:

  1. A single tap plays or pauses the current music/content
  2. a double-tap skips it for the next music/content
  3. a triple tap returns to the previous music/content
  4. Bring Siri’s voice by holding it

HomePod Mini is powered by the Apple S5 chipset which is playing a key role in computational audio and it has an acoustic waveguide to bring 360-degree sound effects. Plus, this will helps in optimize loudness, adjust the dynamic range, and control the movement of the driver. This HomePod comes with 4 microphones and we can make it Stereo Pair by combining two HomePod Mini. 

In the Apple words about HomePod mini, “It works effortlessly with iPhone to hand off the music, answer calls or deliver personalized listening suggestions, elevates the sound from Apple TV, plays music from a Mac, and so much more.” The transfer of music from iPhone to HomePod Mini is controlled by the Apple U1 chip. This HomePod supports third-party music/radio apps like Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, and Pandora.

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Apple HomePod Mini Specifications

Size, Weight

3.3 inches high,

3.9 inches wide

345 grams

Audio Sources

Apple Music

iTunes music purchases

iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription

Third-party music services

Apple Podcasts

AirPlay other content to HomePod from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac

Touch Surface

Tap or hold + or – for volume up/down

Touch and hold for Siri

Tap to play/pause music or Siri

Double-tap to skip

Triple-tap to skip back

Wireless

802.11ac Wi-Fi

Direct guest access

Bluetooth 5.0

Ultra-Wideband chip for device proximity

Colors

Space Gray, White

Apple HomePod Mini Price in Nepal, Availability

We are yet to get the previous Apple HomePod in Nepal, meaning it might take a long time for HomePod Mini arrives in Nepal. So for now, we are expecting the price of Apple HomePod Mini to be around Rs.15K in Nepal. 

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