January 28, 2023
News Audio and smart home improvements galore! Apple Two years after unceremoniously ditching the original HomePod, Apple is backtracking. The company just revealed its second-gen HomePod, a smart speaker that looks identical to its predecessor. It even carries the same $299 price tag! But this “new” speaker offers a few improvements that could entice you.…

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Two years after unceremoniously ditching the original HomePod, Apple is backtracking. The company just revealed its second-gen HomePod, a smart speaker that looks identical to its predecessor. It even carries the same $299 price tag! But this “new” speaker offers a few improvements that could entice you.

Note: Some websites claim that the second-gen HomePod is less expensive than its predecessor. Yes, the original HomePod launched at $349 in 2018, but its price fell to $299 one year later.

According to Apple, the second-gen HomePod features upgraded acoustics to deliver “rich, deep bass and stunning high frequencies.” Like its predecessor, it uses a custom high-excursion woofer, beamforming speakers, and room-sensing technology to automatically optimize audio quality in any room.

Plus, the speaker’s new S7 chipset enables Spatial Audio, which should provide an immersive listening experience (especially when you pair two HomePods together in stereo mode). You can even use a set of HomePods with your Apple TV. That said, the new HomePod has two fewer tweeters than its predecessor—we’ll need to test it to see if this change…

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