Differences between HomePod mini and HomePod 2nd generation

unique but different design

At first glance, one sees a different design between both devices from a visual and size point of view, since it is twice as high, but it is not twice as wide. Plus, the HomePod has a trending shape rectangular, while the mini has a more shape ovoid.

Both models have different colorssince the new generation of HomePod maintains the colors of the previous generationthat is, white and midnight, while the mini generation has five colors to be able to combine it with some element of our room. In the upper partin both we find tactile buttons to increase and decrease volume, and the logo of siri when we invoke it.

new black HomePod

Continuing with his design, a difference important is that in the second generation HomePod we can pull out the wire In case we want to introduce it inside some piece of furniture, an aspect that is not possible in the mini series or in the first generation of HomePod. both have a mesh that cover both devices, and that we have to be extremely careful with it because it dirty very easily and you will have to clean it regularly.


Once the main differences between generations have been analyzed, we will proceed to analyze technical aspects. The second generation HomePod has more speakers than the mini, and even has the space sensor that allows it to adapt to the room where it is located to offer optimal sound. In contrast, the HomePod mini has a single speaker of full range with 360ยบ sound. Also, only the 2nd generation HomePod is compatible with spatial audio dolby atmos, when we connect it to our Apple TV 4K.


Once we’ve highlighted a few key differences, the HomePod mini is not an inferior product to the HomePod as they do have things in common. Both are compatible with multizone function, which allows you to put several speakers throughout the house and each one of them emits different or the same music. Of course, do not confuse it with a stereo pair, since, you can’t mix a 2nd generation HomePod and a HomePod mini or even HomePod of the first two generations, so, the only solution to make a stereo pair is to have two identical models.

HomePod black

Processors and user experience

The HomePod mini has the S5 chip and the new HomePod the S7 chip, a difference of two generations, but that, for practical purposes, very few users will notice performance differences, although these differences may be obvious in terms of updates of the system due to the age of its processors.

Although they do not share the same processor, both devices share many software features, such as the humidity and temperature sensor, privacy and Homekit customization of your home, as well as the ability to create automations. Both devices have support for accessories matterwhich are a standard where we will be able to use the HomePod mini like the second generation as a switchboard to control accessories from Apple, Google or another company that adopts this Matter standard.

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