On Wednesday, Apple introduced the second generation of its HomePod. It runs you $299.
The first-generation HomePod was replaced by the smaller and more affordable HomePod mini in 2021, and the second-generation HomePod follows suit. The original HomePod cost $349 when it first came out, but it never caught on like the cheaper Amazon Echo or Google Nest. In 2019, Apple decreased the cost to $299.
According to Apple, the most recent HomePod lets users use Siri to create smart home automations, check the temperature and humidity of their homes, and receive notifications when a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm is set off. Because it supports spatial audio, the HomePod should sound better because it makes it seem like music is coming from around you.
It also works with the new Matter standard, which means it will work with a new generation of smart home devices like doorbells, lights, and cameras without users having to worry about whether the device works with a smart home hub from Amazon, Google, or Apple.
Beginning on Wednesday, the brand-new HomePod will be available for purchase online and in the Apple Store in either black or white. On February 3, it will be sold in stores.