Apple unveils the $99 HomePod mini smart speaker, coming next month – Ben Patterson

The follow-up to Apple’s $300 HomePod has finally arrived, with the smaller, spherical HomePod mini, complete with onboard Siri and a new “intercom” feature. The new smart speaker is slated to arrive next month.

Unveiled alongside the iPhone 12 during Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event on Tuesday, the $99 HomePod mini (pre-orders begin November 6 for shipping on November 16) takes a page from Amazon’s revamped Echo speakers (or is it the other way around?) with a ball-shaped, fabric-covered industrial design.

Set to arrive in white and space gray flavors, the HomePod mini has a backlit touchpad on top with integrated volume and playback controls.

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