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Apple's HomePod Mini bursts with new features. Here's how you'll use them


Apple's new HomePod Mini is about half the size of the original HomePod, but brings new Siri features.

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When Apple unveiled the new HomePod Mini last week, it introduced a litany of next-level features aimed at competing with Google Home/Nest Audio and Amazon's family of Echo speakers. 

Not only does the compact HomePod Mini's $99 price tag make the Siri-powered smart speaker more affordable than the HomePod ($299), it also includes an array of new features that even the full-size HomePod ($262 at Back Market) and rival speakers lack,, like automatically pairing two HomePod Minis in the same room.

We haven't gotten our hands on a HomePod Mini just yet, and it won't be available for preorder until Nov. 6 (devices ship and go on sale Nov ...


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