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Apple likely to launch HomePod Mini along with iPhone 12 at October 13 event

As per the latest reports, the Cupertino giant might unveil a HomePod Mini along with the iPhone 12 series on October 13.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | October 12, 2020 | Updated 08:59 IST

Highlights

  • Apple could launch a HomePod Mini at its high-speed event.
  • Apple unveil a HomePod Mini along with the iPhone 12 series on October 13.
  • Apple HomePod Mini could be priced at $99.

Apple could launch a HomePod Mini at its high-speed event. As per the latest reports, the Cupertino giant might unveil a HomePod Mini along with the iPhone 12 series on October 13. The report reveals that the HomePod Mini will not only be smaller but also more affordable than the HomePod Mini. It is also speculated to come with interesting features.

As per noted tipster Ice Universe, the new small speaker by Apple will be called HomePod Mini, which will be priced at $99. The speaker will have a small form factor and would be 3.3-inches high. The original HomePod is approximately 6.5 inches high. He also tweeted that the HomePod Mini will be powered by an S5 Processor which is powered by an Apple Watch SE.

The HomePod Mini will reportedly go on sale on November 16-17. A Bloomberg report has claimed that the new smart speaker would include two tweeters as opposed to HomePod's seven.

Along with the HomePod Mini, there were reports of Apple launching its first-ever premium headphones AirPods Studio on the October 13 event. However, as per the latest leaks on Weibo by Kang, the AirPods will not launch anytime soon. Noted Tipster, Jon Prosser had also confirmed that "AirPods Studio will NOT be in the event."

Now coming back to the HomePod Mini, some reports had claimed that Apple will continue selling the HomePod along with the new model. The HomePod Mini would compete with the much cheaper range of smart speakers by Amazon and Google Nest Audio. 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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