Apple has just announced the release of the 2nd-generation full-sized HomePod, which will be available for pre-order starting today and will be officially released on Friday, February 3.
The new device is priced at $299 and boasts several new features, including enhanced Siri capabilities, support for Spatial Audio, the S7 chip, and more.
One of the most exciting new features of the HomePod is its temperature and humidity sensing capabilities. This allows users to ask Siri to detect the temperature and humidity of a room and create automation based on the results.
For example, you can ask Siri to close the blinds if the temperature hits 30 degrees or turn on the fan automatically when a certain temperature is reached in a room.
Interestingly, the temperature and humidity sensor has been inside the HomePod mini since its launch in 2020, but until now, Apple has kept the sensor disabled by deactivating the capabilities through software updates.
However, with the release of the new HomePod, Apple has confirmed that it will now enable temperature and humidity sensing on the HomePod mini.
Although Apple has not yet confirmed when temperature and humidity sensing capabilities will come to the HomePod mini, it is believed that a new HomePod software update could roll out as soon as next week, when Apple releases the HomePod 16.3 Software update.
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