Apple Introduces New Homepod Priced in India At Rs 32900

Apple just introduced its 2nd generation Homepod as the successor to the first Homepod model which was introduced back in 2017 and got discontinued in 2021. This has a familiar design and sticks to two colours – Midnight and White, compared to the Homepod mini which is available in 5 colours.

It gets a new S7 chip from the Apple Watch Series 7, and a built-in temperature and humidity sensor can measure indoor environments, which are also present on the homepod mini, and will be enabled with an update.

The Homepod has transparent 100% recycled mesh fabric with a colour-matched woven power cable and a backlit touch surface that illuminates from edge to edge.

Highlights and specifications of Homepod 2nd Generation

  • A custom-engineered 4-inch high-excursion woofer, 20mm diaphragm, built-in bass-EQ mic, and beamforming array of five tweeters, each tweeter with its own neodymium magnet
  • Internal low-frequency calibration microphone for automatic bass correction
  • Four-microphone design for far-field Siri
  • Advanced computational audio with system sensing for real-time tuning
  • Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos for music and video
  • S7 chip is combined with software and system-sensing technology to offer even more advanced computational audio
  • Room sensing technology recognises sound reflections from nearby surfaces to determine if it is against a wall or freestanding, and then adapts sound in real time.
  • Precise directional control of its beamforming array of five tweeters separates and beams direct and ambient audio for crystal-clear vocals and rich instrumentation.
  • Create a stereo pair with two HomePod speakers in the same space, or add more HomePod or HomePod mini speakers for a variety of powerful features. Pairs with Apple TV 4K
  • Ultra Wideband technology offers hand off of what is playing or a call on iPhone directly to a HomePod
  • Bring an iPhone close to HomePod and suggestions will surface automatically.
  • HomePod can recognise up to six voices, so each member of the home can hear their personal playlists, ask for reminders, and set calendar events.
  • Sound Recognition can detect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and send a notification directly to the user’s iPhone if a sound is identified.
  • New built-in temperature and humidity sensor can measure indoor environments
  • Matter enables smart home products to work across ecosystems while maintaining the highest levels of security.
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Thread

Pricing and Availability

The HomePod (2nd generation) is priced at Rs. 32900 (US$ 299) and will be available to order from starting today, and will be available beginning Friday, February 3. Apple is selling the Homepod mini at the original price of Rs. 9900 (US$ 99).