The HomePod Mini smart speaker, recently launched by Manzana, it has inside a sensor that allows to measure the temperature and humidity in the air. This sensor had not been disclosed by the company when the device was presented, in November of last year, and at the moment it does not have any function enabled, as reported Bloomberg, which gave an account of its existence.
The computer giant has internally analyzed using the secret sensor of the HomePod Mini to improve the interaction of the speaker with the connected thermostats, so that it can detect the temperature and humidity of a room and adjust it automatically.
Component measures 1.5 x 1.5 millimeters in size and sits on a bottom edge of the plastic box and near the power cord.
Likewise, according to the sources of Bloomberg, this component would allow other integrations of the speaker with Internet of Things devices, such as smart fans, which could be activated or deactivated depending on the temperature.
The smart speakers of Apple’s rivals, Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Nest series, already have inside to measure temperature and humidity, and are also integrated with devices such as thermostats.
For now, the sensor is not operational but the company is expected to activate it at any time through a software update.
On the other hand, the note mentions that the company is developing new smart speakers with an integrated screen., something that the devices of this type presented by the company do not have, but that is present in competitive products such as Facebook Portal, Amazon’s Eco Show and Google’s Nest Hub Max.
The HomePod will be discontinued and all efforts are committed to the mini version
A few days ago it became known that the company will stop manufacturing its HomePod speaker, which was launched in 2018. Now the company will focus on its small version, the HomePod mini, which it introduced last year.
“We are focusing our efforts on HomePod mini. We are discontinuing the original HomePod, it will continue to be available while the product is sold out through Apple’s online store, retail stores, and company authorized resellers. Apple will provide HomePod customers with software updates and service and support through Apple Care, ”the company explained in a statement to the site. TechCrunch.
The original HomePod was work to which the company devoted more than five years of research. In addition, the computer giant’s team built a full development center near its headquarters in Cupertino, California. HomePod had an introductory price of $ 349, well above the value of the HomePod Mini, which is worth $ 99.
(With information from Portaltic)