Today is the HomePod mini‘s official launch day and earlier today, the new smart speakers were beginning to be delivered to customers that pre-ordered them. (Ours is scheduled for delivery tomorrow.) Apple has also started in-store sales and pickup at Apple retail stores.
If you missed out on pre-ordering a HomePod mini, you can place an order on Apple’s website or in the Apple Store app and arrange for in-store pickup at a local Apple retail location.
Unfortunately, it appears in-store stock is depleting quickly, at least at the sampling of stores we checked, so you might want to hurry and get your order in, especially if that special someone has a HomePod mini on their holiday wish list.
Orders placed today currently show December 16th as the earliest a space gray HomePod can be delivered, while the white option can be delivered as soon as December 2nd.
The HomePod mini is also launching in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
The smaller, spherical HomePod speaker is designed to deliver impressive sound, the intelligence of Siri, and a smart home experience without complexity.
The HomePod mini stands at just 3.3 inches tall, compared to the original’s 6.8-inches, and will be available in white and space gray at a price of just $99.
The HomePod mini uses the same Apple S5 chip used in the Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch SE. The S5 works with software designed to analyze the unique characteristics of the music and apply complex tuning models to optimize loudness, adjust the dynamic range, and control the movement of the driver and passive radiators in real-time.
The speaker features an Apple-engineered full-range driver, powered by a neodymium magnet and a pair of force-canceling passive radiators, enabling deep bass and crisp high frequencies.
HomePod mini is available in white and space gray for $99 (US) from apple.com, in the Apple Store app, and Apple Store locations. HomePod mini is also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).