Apple will announce a new, smaller HomePod as soon as next week, according to a previously reliable leak. Kang, posted to the Chinese social network Weibo, says that the HomePod mini will not be sold until November 16.
In a Weibo post outlining Apple’s launch plans for the coming weeks, Kang said the new product will be priced at just $ 99 and be around 3.3 inches high.
That’s less than half the height of the current HomePod, which comes in at 6.8 inches.
Interestingly, Kang also says that the new, smaller speaker is powered by Apple’s S5 processor. It is the same chip that Apple put in the recently announced Apple Watch SE and was used in the Apple Watch Series 5 last year.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, has also previously said that the new speaker will use only two tweeter speakers instead of the seven used in the current HomePod. This will of course reduce the cost of the speaker, but it will probably also be difficult to accommodate many in something so small anyway.
Apple’s October 13 event will see four new iPhones announced, as well as countless other products. We have been told that we can not expect the infamous AirPods Studio, with those to be shown for the first time alongside the first Apple Silicon Macs next month.
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