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Apple introduces 2nd generation HomePod smart speaker

US-based global tech firm Apple on Wednesday introduced its second generation HomePod smart speaker, which offers better audio quality, Siri capabilities and a safer smart home experience.

The new HomePod offers advanced computational audio for listening, including support for Spatial Audio tracks.

It will allow users to create smart home automations using Siri, such as getting notified when a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm is detected in their home, and checking temperature and humidity in a room, with all hands-free technology.

"Leveraging our audio expertise and innovations, the new HomePod delivers rich, deep bass, natural mid-range, and clear, detailed highs," Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a statement.

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

The new HomePod also supports the Matter standard, which enables smart home products to work across various ecosystems for customers who use different brands.

Customers can begin Wednesday to order the new HomePod online and in the Apple Store app for $299, and it will be available from Feb. 3 onwards.

Source: Anadolu Agency