Apple held its “Unleashed” event yesterday. With a new Apple Music plan, new HomePod mini colors, redesigned AirPods 3, and new Macs with the powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, what was your favorite announcement?
Apple Music Voice Plan
To attract new subscribers, in the coming months, Apple will launch a new Voice Plan in 17 new regions. With this plan, which only costs $4.99/month, users will need to use Siri to listen to songs.
People will have access to all 90 million songs in the catalog from Apple, but the subscription will lack a few features, for example, lyrics, music videos, the ability to download songs, and using spatial audio or lossless features.
There are even more limitations than that, as users will be limited to only Apple devices to listen to Apple Music – so no Apple Music for Amazon Echo or Sonos devices. Even so, if you prefer asking Siri on your HomePod, iPhone, or Apple Watch to play songs rather than going to an endless library, it might be the perfect plan for you. Learn more about it here.
HomePod mini colors
For sure, another announcement that took people by surprise was new colors for HomePod mini. Announced almost a year ago to replace the original HomePod, Apple’s mini smart speaker is getting three more colors: orange, blue, and yellow.
The new HomePod minis are functionally the same as last year’s, but they have new color LEDs on the top. Apple currently has different colors on the white and space gray HomePods. The yellow HomePod mini, for example, has green coloring in its Siri gradient. Learn more about it here.