The HomePod Mini has a hidden temperature and humidity sensor


The HomePod mini from Apple is designed as 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 HomeKit-connected smart home objects such as lights, kitchen appliances, smart locks, and more. However, it seems that Apple could have designed it to do more.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the HomePod mini actually appears to be hiding some sensors that were not advertised by the company. This includes a room temperature and humidity sensor. This has since been confirmed by iFixit staff during the device shutdown.

This means that in addition to everything Apple advertised for the HomePod mini, Apple can actually do even more. Currently the device cannot measure the temperature or the humidity in the room, but theoretically the sensors could be activated by a software update.

It’s unclear why Apple picked up the sensors but didn’t activate them. Some have speculated that they might be used as safety sensors to detect overheating, but the placement is a bit strange. Hopefully Apple will unlock this in a future update.

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Katherine Clark