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16th November marks the birth anniversary of famous American voice actor Daws Butler. A familiar figure in the American animated movies, Daws Butler, was well-known among his fans. In 2020, 16th November marked the launch of a voice-based product as Apple launched its Homepod Mini. Apple’s Homepod Mini unveils several layers of entertainment because of its unique features.

Body & Architecture

The size of the Homepod Mini is 3.3 inches. So, it takes minimal space in a room. The boundary-pushing computational audio ensures 360-degree audibility. It contains a neodymium magnet that renders high precision in frequency. The processing of audio data by the Apple S5 chip generates a better tuning of the sound. 4 microphones read the audio data to cut noise. Bass extension is possible because of the passive radiators. So, it removes the annoyance of listening to bad sound.

Audio Capability

One can create a stereo pair using two Homepod Mini. If connected in a room, it will act like a left-right channel. It works like an intercom when all Homepod Mini are in one network. But, the device has one glitch. The transfer of music from the iPhone to the device is time taking. The U1-powered haptic feedback is missing in Homepod Mini. This feature enables a hassle-free transfer of music.

Siri-Like Things

Apple’s Voice Assistant, Siri, sits on the top of the device. So, voice recognition is possible. Siri also helps to send your message through the intercom. The outreach of Siri will be to each room and the individuals. Using CarPlay and HomePod Mini, Siri communicates the message of the user to the family members. But, there lies an issue with this. It is hard to know whether Siri heard your command due to the light panel.

Privacy

Homepod Mini ensures the privacy of the user by keeping personal information safe. It works with HomeKit Secure Video support and analyzes the live video feeds. So, it helps to find and detect persons, pets, and cars. Homepod Mini provides end-to-end encryption with iCloud. If the user hears messages or notes from the iPhone, it does not release information to Apple.

Cable Snag

To use Homepod Mini, the user needs to plug-in with the connector. A 20W Apple Power Adapter and USB-C cable connect with Mini. Any disconnection with the cable will fail to operate. It is one of the vital glitches for connection with the device.

Future Prospects

According to Apple, there are many features that they will add to Homepod Mini. Some of them are:

  • Generation of suggestions if an iPhone comes close to Homepod Mini.
  • It will ensure instant control without unlocking the iPhone.
  • Reducing the time taken to transfer music.

Pricing

Homepod Mini is cheap and a third when compared with regular Homepod.It is feature-rich and delivers a better quality of audio. So, the 99 USD speaker will not create an issue.

Conclusion

Homepod Mini has delivered whatever it can. A small-size is the building block of high-quality sound production. This small size speaker’s performance is better than the Nest Mini and Echo Dot. Traits like noise cancellation, voice control, and privacy make it stand apart.

Source: No Home-Odds with Homepod Mini: Review

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