Saturday, December 2, 2023

HomePod mini has a ‘secret’ sensor that can measure temperature and humidity

Apple’s HomePod mini has a secret feature that hasn’t been activated, according to Bloomberg. The feature? A sensor that measures temperature and humidity.

“The company has internally discussed using the sensor to determine a room’s temperature and humidity so internet-connected thermostats can adjust different parts of a home based on current conditions, according to people familiar with the situation,” the report says. “The hardware could also let the ‌HomePod mini‌ automatically trigger other actions, say turning a fan on or off, depending on the temperature.”

Apparently, a software update could take advantage of the sensor to work with Apple’s HomeKit to enable more smart home features. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri. It works with the Home app, allowing you to control all your HomeKit accessories.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.