Apple unveils ‘cheap’ HomePod Mini smart speaker to rival Amazon Alexa

APPLE has just unveiled the HomePod Mini.

It’s a rival to Amazon’s Alexa speakers and smaller and cheaper than the original HomePod speaker.

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Apple’s proper HomePod came out way back in 2018, but is expensive at £279 – putting budget buyers off.

The HomePod Mini is cheaper.

It only costs $99.

It will also mean Siri can help you out in your home and not just via your iPhone or iPad.


Siri on HomePod Mini can tell the difference between voices and be personalised to you.

Apple claims it will provide world class sound and look after your privacy and security.

It provides a 360 sound experience.

It also interacts with iPhones for sound and visual experiences.

Just like Amazon Alexa speakers, it connects to an app.

You can control lots of home features like which lights you want on.

HomePod Mini can act like an intercom.

If you speak into it then you can make it send announcements to other connected Apple devices like iPhones, Apple Watches and Car Play.

Apple stressed that your privacy is a top priority and that the device has encryption.

It comes in white and space grey.

You can order it on November 6 in the US and it will start shipping on November 16.

Apple will soon announce prices and dates for other countries.

In other Apple news, eagle-eyed Apple fans spot blurry glimpse of new iPhone 12 on official website hours before launch.

And, Apple over-ear headphones could be coming out in November, according to a famed 'leaker'.

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