If you’ve been waiting for Apple’s smallest smart speaker to arrive, today is your day. Customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Spain, the UK, and the US can now order the HomePod Mini on Apple’s website.
HomePod Mini is the $99 smart speaker Apple announced in October. It’ll be available in white and space gray, priced at $99 (£99, AU$149). That’s the same price as the newest (also spherical) Amazon Echo and Google’s brand-new Nest Audio.
Like the original HomePod, the Mini features a backlit touch surface for volume and Siri controls. It includes helpful features like Intercom, Apple CarPlay integration, stereo pairing, and multiroom audio.
The HomePod Mini is significantly smaller than its predecessor. Wrapped in a mesh fabric, it measures 3.3 inches tall and 3.9 inches wide (84 by 98 millimeters) and weighs 0.76 pounds (345 grams). By comparison, Amazon’s new, similarly spherical fourth-gen Echo Dot is 3.5 inches tall, and Google’s puck-shaped Nest Mini is 1.65 inches tall.
Music streaming services
Music streaming services for the HomePod Mini will include Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Radio.com and TuneIn at release. Amazon Music is slated for a future update, and there’s no word on any availability for Spotify or YouTube Music.
When it comes to privacy, Apple promises that nothing you say is sent out of your home until you tap for Siri or reach out via voice. You can also choose whether Apple saves your audio recordings. Personal requests will only work when your iPhone is at home with you, and requests are saved with Anonymous ID.
This small smart speaker could be the smart home breakthrough Apple needs to secure a foothold in the market. HomePod Mini will be available for purchase in stores and online Nov. 16.