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Apple has recently made its HomePod mini and second-generation HomePod available in Denmark, following their launch in Singapore last month. This move is part of Apple’s efforts to expand its smart speaker’s availability worldwide.
The HomePod mini, first released in October 2020 in the US, and the second-generation HomePod, introduced in January 2021, are now available for purchase in Denmark. While the HomePod mini did not receive any major hardware upgrades since its release, new color options were launched in November 2021, and earlier this year, the speaker’s temperature and humidity sensor was enabled. The release of the HomePod mini in Denmark likely rules out a second-generation model of the speaker launching shortly.
The second-generation HomePod features a similar design as the original smart speaker, with a larger backlit touch surface and a few other improvements. Despite having two fewer tweeters, reviews found that the new HomePod sounds virtually the same as the original, but Siri still has shortcomings compared to other virtual assistants.
It’s worth noting that Apple discontinued the full-size HomePod in 2021 but reintroduced a second-generation model in January. The company’s focus seems to be shifting towards the more affordable HomePod mini, as it offers similar features at a more accessible price point.
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With the expansion of its HomePod availability, Apple is making a strong push into the smart speaker market, dominated by competitors like Amazon and Google. While Apple’s smart speaker offerings have been well-received, the company still has some ground to cover to catch up with its competitors. However, the growing availability of the HomePod mini and second-generation HomePod is undoubtedly a step in the right direction for the tech giant.