HomePod 2 and HomePod Mini: Release Date, Price, Rumors, What We Want To See
Giant tech company Apple is expected to launch its HomePod 2 this year or the next. In addition to that, rumors also suggest that a cheaper and smaller version – Homepod Mini – is coming.
But Wait… Isn’t The HomePod 2 and Mini The Same?
Well, here is what most people confused at. Some reports say they’re one, while other reports are vaguely saying no. But for this article, we’re going to assume that both devices are different; a standard version and a cheaper version.
The Release Date
The current model was first introduced back on June 2017 at WWDC and it took 8 months (February 2018) before it was finally released. So what about this year’s WWDC? Well, as you may already know, that recent event was mainly focused on software which made many fans a bit disappointed.
As for the previous rumors, back in February 2018, Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang said that a low-end Homepod Mini is coming this fall with a retail price of roughly $150-200. The following month, another report claimed that a cheaper Homepod is coming in the second half of 2018.
Although there have been reports claiming that it could be announced this September alongside the iPhones, a report from Bloomberg suggests that a September or October launch seems unlikely. Instead, Apple could hold an event in October and then launch it in March 2019 alongside the AirPod 2 and the new over-the-ear Apple Headphones.o
The Price Tags
Naturally, based on the previous reports, we are expecting at least two versions; the standard and the cheaper version. As already mentioned, the cheaper version (HomePod Mini) will retail at roughly around $150-200.
As for the standard version (HomePod 2), well, the first-generation model costs £319/$349. However, MacWorld cited a May 2018 report from a Chinese site claiming that it will cost $199.
It could come with Facial ID. For its design, according to reports, the Cupertino company will be launching a smaller version and it will have Beats branding.
Regarding its Siri capabilities, the smart speaker will have more voice commands and features. In fact, regarding its OS – specifically the iOS 12, there has been a report claiming that they have seen a beta version of the iOS 12 which have been distributed to internal Apple testers. On the software, it allows the smart speaker to:
- Make or take phone calls.
- Listen to voice emails on the device.
- Ask the smart speaker to find the user’s iPhone and get it to play a sound.
- Set more than one timer.
- The command which WiFi network to connect.
- It will have improved language support.
- It will be able to relay the audio from group FaceTime calls.
What Fans Want To See
Of course, there will also be some things that fans would like to see on a device’s successor. Actually, there are two.
First is open access to other music services. Yeah, the company has its iTunes which costs $9.99 a month for a single Apple Music streaming account, or $14.99 for a family account – this is good if you’re an Apple-only person. But what if you’re someone who’s committed to other music services such as Spotify or other music streaming options? It’s a bit frustrating.
Second is more color options. Although it has a cool design, everyone has their own favorite colors and we would like to see it sporting a color that we specifically like.
Are the HomePod 2 and HomePod Mini one and the same or not? We would like to hear from you in the comment section below.