Apple reveals the HomePod Mini: a cute and small smart speaker

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It’s Christmas time for Apple fans! In the early hours of the morning on October 14, Apple revealed a suite of new devices in its iPhone 12 range. Four new iPhones were unveiled, following the now-standard iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max naming conventions, while also tacking on the 12 Mini, a much smaller and cute phone.

But that’s not the only cute device Apple has delivered overnight. Also announced was the HomePod Mini, a delightfully small and round smart speaker for your home. It comes with Siri voice activation, plus it’s fully capable of playing music to a room and being a part of your smart home suite of devices.

The Apple Homepod mini being used in a kitchen while two children draw and a father cooks

The HomePod Mini: Apple’s new Smart Home device

The Homepod Mini is only 3.3 inches tall, but comes packed with Siri and some decent speakers. It’s able to play music from most apps, and you can use Siri to turn on and off compatible home devices, as well as to answer calls, set reminders, take notes and more. Sir will also offer personalised listening suggestions to each member of your family, and can provide valuable updates on news, traffic and weather via the Mini.

The Mini’s size makes it a bit more agreeable for some homes than the original Home Pod, and it should sit neatly on any bench, cabinet or desk without the design being too imposing. Don’t let the size catch you off guard: Apple calls the sound “room-filling”, and is touting an “intercom” feature, which you can use to send messages through your home to other HomePod devices (provided you’ve got more than one around the house).

If you have more than HomePod around your home or workplace, you can sync the audio up so that they all play at the same time, giving you a nice echo wherever you walk. The HomePod Mini is perfectly integrated into the Apple Home kit, and is easily customisable. It’s a lot smaller than the original HomePod, and when you put them side-by-side, it looks like an apple beside a Milo tin.

The HomePod beside the HomePod mini

How much will the HomePod Mini cost?

The HomePod Mini will cost $149 in Australia, offering some great value if you’re a big Apple fan. This is a welcome price for what you get, considering the original HomePod costs $469.

While you’re shopping around for a Smart Speaker, it might be worth checking out what’s on offer from some stores. Below you’ll find a link to the Good Guys website, where you can buy several smart speakers and wireless speakers. For what you’re after, you might find a Smart Speaker better fitted for your needs than the HomePod Mini.

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Two Apple HomePod mini's - one in grey and one in white

When will the HomePod Mini be released?

The HomePod Mini will be released on November 16, with pre-orders starting on November 7. You can order the smart speaker in two colours – Space Grey and White.

While you’re waiting for the HomePod Mini to be released, consider picking up a new internet plan. Smart homing your house requires an internet connection that’ll hold together and work seamlessly if you don’t want lag, especially if you’re watching shows in 4K.

Below you’ll find a selection of NBN plans to pick up across all four speed tiers. Depending on your needs, some speeds might be better for you than others; for example, NBN 12 and NBN 25 aren’t optimal for 4K, but perfectly fine for smart home devices.

Unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Unlimited Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Unlimited Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

All images: Apple

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