According to Bloomberg, and backed up by evaluation from iFixit, the HomePod mini includes a secret sensor that’s designed to measure the present temperature and humidity of the room the HomePod mini is in. It looks as if this sensor could be activated through a software update to offer new performance to HomePod mini customers.
Various third-party HomeKit products exist that may measure room temperature, however it will be handy for HomeKit customers if if the HomePod mini could do it with out the necessity for a further accent.
The temperature sensor is outwardly positioned away from the principle inner electronics, close to the facility cable within the rear plastic of the unit, which supplies extra credence to the concept this sensor is supposed to be measuring the temperature of the room. If it was merely a security sensor to detect overheating, it will be positioned nearer to the opposite inner elements.
Like current HomeKit sensors that may measure temperature, an Apple person can arrange automations that fireside when the temperature adjustments, resembling turning on a fan when a room turns into too heat.
Obviously, the HomePod mini doesn’t report temperature metrics to HomeKit at this time and the sensor is basically laying dormant. Unless Apple explicitly confirms the potential, it could go unused perpetually.
However, Bloomberg believes that this sensor could be enabled through a software update and assist bolster the HomePod mini’s enchantment as a sensible house gadget. However, it’s unusual that this was not enabled from the start when the HomePod mini launched final October.
Apple discontinued the larger HomePod earlier this month. The Bloomberg report says Apple nonetheless lacks a ‘unifying strategy’ internally round its sensible house efforts. The firm is supposedly engaged on new audio system with screens and cameras however nothing is anticipated to launch within the close to future.
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