Apple has finally unveiled the HomePod 2, its next-generation wireless speaker. It features a very similar design to the first Apple HomePod from 2018, but with a redesigned speaker system that's even more geared towards Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio. It will launch at $299 / £299 / AU$479. It's available to order today, and will be released on Friday, February 3rd 2022.
Also like the original, it features a high-excursion woofer for deeper bass, and an array of tweeters around its circular body – though this time there are five tweeters instead of seven in the original, and they're now upwardly angled, which are likely to help with the immersion of Dolby Atmos tracks.
It features both room-sensing and system-sensing to optimize audio as it's playing, which is a slight development over the original, which included room sensing – it's hard to say how much difference a 'system sensor' will make – Apple says that it “runs complex tuning models in real time to preserve dynamic range and maximize acoustic performance”.
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