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Apple HomePod Mini smart speaker may launch by end of 2020

Apart from the iPhone, Apple is also speculated to release a HomePod 2. This would most likely be called the HomePod Mini.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | October 8, 2020 | Updated 08:53 IST

Highlights

  • Apple is all set to host its high-speed event on October 13.
  • Apple is speculated to launch the HomePod Mini at the event.
  • Some reports have claimed that HomePod could be priced around $199

Apple is all set to host its high-speed event on October 13, which will witness the launch of the much-awaited iPhone 12 series. However, Apart from the iPhone, Apple is also speculated to release a HomePod 2. This would most likely be called the HomePod Mini.

As per tipster Lovetodream, Apple in all likelihood will release the HomePod Mini on October 13. Lovetodream tweets about the upcoming launches of the Apple products and he reportedly has got most of the launches right. So given this fact, we can hope for a HomePod Mini too on the October event or later this year.

It is being reported that even if Apple launches the much cheaper HomePod Mini, it will continue selling the HomePod along with the new model. The company was not reportedly not happy with the sales of the device and reduced the price from last year. There has been no information about how big or small is the size of the HomePod and its specifications but some reports have claimed that it could be priced around $199

The HomePod Mini, if launched, would compete with the much cheaper range of smart speakers by Amazon. Amazon launched a few smart speakers including the Echo Dot and Echo Show in this year's event. Having said that, Apple will always have an edge over the other smart speakers because of its superior sound quality that cannot be matched.

We at India Today got a chance to review the HomePod and here is what we felt about the smart speaker by Apple: If you are looking to get a speaker, primarily for music playback, the HomePod is a great option. It is a product specially built to play songs, and that shows. It also looks great, something that you expect from an Apple product, and its build quality is absolutely top notch. But don't get HomePod if you want a speaker that can entertain your kids, or if you want a speaker to which you can give voice commands to control your smart house. While HomePod can do some of this, this is not its forte. Its forte is to play music from Apple Music, or through a third-party app on the iPhone. And that it does in style and with an authority that is unmatched.

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