Apple’s HomePod mini, the newest addition to the HomePod family of wireless speakers, is now available for preorder for US$99. It’s slated to ship on Nov. 13. You can purchase two years of tech support and accidental damage coverage for an extra $15.
The HomePod mini is 3.3 inches tall and, like its big brother, will be available in white and space gray. It works with the iPhone to hand off music, answer calls, or deliver personalized listening suggestions, elevates the sound from Apple TV, plays music from a Mac, and more, according to Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
The HomePod mini is designed to work with Apple Music, podcasts, radio stations from iHeartRadio, radio.com, and TuneIn, and in the coming months, popular music services including Pandora and Amazon Music. Multiple HomePod mini speakers work together to stream music or podcasts to multiple rooms, all in perfect sync, Borchers says. By placing two HomePod mini speakers in a single room, a stereo pair can be created for a wide soundstage, filling the space with rich, enveloping sound.