Apple’s HomePod mini is designed to be a smaller version of the HomePod smart speaker. It also acts as a hub for HomeKit users who want to use their voice to control various smart home objects connected to the HomeKit, such as lights, kitchen appliances, smart locks, and more. However, it looks like Apple could have designed it to do more.
According to a Bloomberg report, it appears that HomePod mini is actually hiding some sensors that have not been claimed by the company. It includes a room temperature and humidity sensor. This was confirmed by iFixit during the demolition of the device.
What this means is that in addition to all the other things that Apple has promoted about the HomePod mini, it could actually do more. At this time, the gadget has no way to measure the temperature or humidity of the room, but, theoretically, the sensors could be activated by a software update.
It is unclear why Apple included the sensors, but did not activate them. Some have speculated that they may be used as safety sensors to detect overheating, but the placement is a bit strange. Anyway, hopefully this is something that Apple will unlock in a future update.
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