HomePod could gain touch-sensitive fabric & more convenient controls

Apple is working on fabrics that can contain touch-sensitive materials, and display controls, so that the protective case around a future HomePod mini could feature extra functionality.

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The HomePod mini, like the original HomePod before it and perhaps future ones to come, have a touch-sensitive panel at the top. It’s sensitive enough that it’s faster to tap on that to pause playback than it is to ask Siri, but it’s not the most convenient option if it’s up on a shelf.

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