Leaker: HomePod 'Mini' Will Launch Next Month Costing $99

A Chinese Weibo account going by the name "Kang" this morning posted allegedly accurate information for every product set to be announced at the upcoming Apple event on October 13, including the rumored smaller form-factor HomePod speaker.

An image of the original post in Chinese has been tweeted by leaker Ice Universe, who has provided accurate information on unreleased Apple products in the past.

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According to the leak, the the official name of the speaker is HomePod Mini, which will be priced at $99. The size of the speaker is said to be 3.3-inches high (the height of the original HomePod is 6.8-inches) and it is allegedly powered by an S5 processor, which is used in the Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch SE.

The HomePod Mini is said to go on sale on November 16-17. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has suggested the new speaker could include two tweeters, rather than the current model's seven, in order to drive down costs.

This morning's leak also includes talk of an upcoming "MagSafe" series of wireless charging accessories as well as alleged details on the full iPhone 12 lineup expected to be announced next week.

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Top Rated Comments

Arty6 Avatar
24 months ago

And still holds zero value to me if it can't even be used as a basic bluetooth speaker
Amen brother. Same reason I won’t buy a MacBook. Where’s the LPT1 parallel port? How am I supposed to hook up my ESPON FX80 dot matrix without a parallel port??
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unggoy Murderer Avatar
24 months ago

price still isn't mini enough for some. but far better than the large HomePod if it can deliver on amazing sound
Honestly, Apple could release one at $29 and people would still complain. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pakaku Avatar
24 months ago
And still holds zero value to me if it can't even be used as a basic bluetooth speaker
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NewUsername Avatar
24 months ago

Amen brother. Same reason I won’t buy a MacBook. Where’s the LPT1 parallel port? How am I supposed to hook up my ESPON FX80 dot matrix without a parallel port??
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IDU0T1Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_btf_t1_5TcGFbX49BEAZ

You’re welcome
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fokmik Avatar
24 months ago

Honestly, Apple could release one at $29 and people would still complain. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
Yes, a lot of people looks at Apple with very limited budget..so instead of making positive thoughts about Apple, they say they are overpriced...a lot of people wants free devices
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
steeevo Avatar
24 months ago
I think they got it right with the homepod it sounds great and they cant lower the price much more so need a cheaper version to get more people into apple music/siri. Its pretty much going to be a quality amazon echo
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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