Apple HomePod

Apple’s second-generation HomePod is available to pre-order now. (Apple)

Smart speakers such as Apple’s HomePod are some of the most popular household tech devices.

These nifty virtual assistants can play music, podcasts and audiobooks, and carry out everyday tasks like setting alarms and checking calendars.

There’s no shortage of smart speakers on the market these days, including Google Nest, Sonos One and Amazon’s Alexa-controlled Echo devices.

If you’re looking to upgrade your smart home, now is the perfect time, as Apple has just announced the launch date for its new plus improved HomePod .

The gadget is controlled by the Siri voice assistant and can be connected to your iPhone or iPad.

Here’s everything you need to know about the HomePod, including its specs and price.

How to buy Apple’s new HomePod

The second-generation HomePod will be released on 3 February.

The £299 smart speaker , which comes in either black or white, is already available to pre-order now via the Apple Store website .

The device is bigger than the existing HomePod Mini , which costs £99. The original full-size HomePod was discontinued in early 2021.

Apple HomePod

The £299 smart speaker is bigger than the present HomePod Mini. (Apple)

Apple giant said the upgraded device boasts “next-level acoustics” and a “gorgeous, iconic design”, plus handy new ways to control your smart home.

The virtual assistant has a built-in sensor to monitor your home’s temperature and humidity.

It can also send a notification to your iPhone when it hears a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm.

HomePod 2023 specs

The new HomePod is 6. 6 inches high, 5. 6 inches wide and weighs 2 . 3 kg. It is compatible with the following products:

  • 2022 iPhone 8 and later

  • Any iPad Pro

  • iPad (fifth generation) and later

  • iPad Air (third generation) and later

  • iPad Mini (fifth generation) and later

Apple HomePod

The new device comes in either black or white. (Apple)

Apple’s marketing chief Greg Joswiak said: “Leveraging our audio expertise and innovations, the new HomePod delivers rich, deep bass, natural mid-range, and clear, detailed highs.

“With the popularity of HomePod mini, we’ve seen growing interest in even more powerful acoustics achievable in a larger HomePod.

“We’re thrilled to bring the next generation of HomePod to customers around the world. ”

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