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Apple (AAPL) HomePod Mini secret sensor for smart home thermostats

Apple (AAPL) HomePod Mini secret sensor for smart home thermostats

An open Apple HomePod mini that shows the hidden temperature and humidity sensor.

Source: iFixit; Enlarged by Bloomberg

Apple Inc. HomePod Mini Speaker launched in November last year with new features such as a home intercom system. But part of the device remained secret: a sensor that measures temperature and humidity.

The technology giant in Cupertino, California, has never unveiled this component, and the device currently lacks consumer-oriented features that use it. The company discussed internally the use of the sensor to determine the temperature and humidity of a room, so that thermostats connected to the Internet can adjust different parts of a house according to current conditions, depending on people familiar with the situation. The hardware may also allow the HomePod mini to automatically trigger other actions, such as turning the fan on or off, depending on the temperature.

refers to the Apple HomePod Mini It has a secret sensor waiting to be turned on

Texas Instruments humidity and temperature sensor from a HomePod mini.

Source: iFixit; Enlarged by Bloomberg

If Apple eventually activates the sensor, it would support a smart home strategy, which sometimes had no focus and tracked those of rivals. The latest Echo speakers from Amazon.com Inc. they have temperature sensors, while Google Nest sells sensors that can be placed around homes and connected to its thermostats to regulate each room’s temperature.

The new capabilities would be a special advantage for an Apple software system called HomeKit that controls thermostats, lights, locks, sockets and other devices in the house. HomeKit works with fewer gadgets than similar software from Amazon and Google, and Apple does not create its own smart-home hardware beyond the HomePod and Apple TV streaming box. However, about 40 thermostats are presented on the Apple website that are compatible with HomeKit.

refers to the Apple HomePod Mini It has a secret sensor waiting to be turned on

Compare the size of the temperature sensor and an SD card.

Source: iFixit