On Tuesday Apple announced a new Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro and a refresh to the MacBook Pro lineups with the new M2 Pro and M2 Max, and to everyone’s surprise, Wednesday morning they announced a refreshed version of the original HomePod.
The new Mac mini with M2 starts at $599, and the Mac mini with M2 Pro starts at $1,299. This is the first time Apple has ever put a Pro chip in a Mac mini, and for $1,299 it’s a really great option for someone wants the power of the new MacBook Pro, but doesn’t want to spend the additional $700.
The new MacBook Pro with M2 Pro starts at $1999, and has a battery life of 18 hours on a single charge, while the M2 Max configuration starts at $2,499 and has a 22 hour battery life.
The original HomePod came out on February 9, 2018 and started at $349, and was discontinued three years later on March 12, 2021. Since then the only smart speaker that Apple continued to sell is the $99 HomePod mini. Now Apple is refreshing the original HomePod with a few new features.
The new HomePod now has support for the Matter smart home standard which was released last fall, which will make the new HomePod compatible with a wide range of third party smart home products. The new HomePod also has new temperature and humidity sensors, which will open up the possibility of creating HomeKit automations based on the temperature and humidity of your room.
Apple also quietly announced that all of the existing HomePod minis have the same temperature and humidity sensors as the new HomePod, and they’ll be active in the next HomePod mini software update early next week.
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