Whether you are troubleshooting a HomePod or preparing the smart speaker for trade-in or sale, a factory reset might be necessary. With no reset button or power switch, it's not clear how to get the HomePod and HomePod mini to start from scratch. The process to reset a HomePod differs slightly from restarting the HomePod, which preserves data and settings.
It may be a rare occurrence, but the HomePod and HomePod mini can freeze up and become unresponsive to any input. When this happens, there is no reset button to press or power switch to toggle. Luckily, there are ways to power cycle the HomePod without losing any settings or data in the process.
No, the HomePod mini cable is not detachable. It is not recommended to pull on the power cable.
While the HomePod mini is often photographed sans wires, there is a USB-C cable attached to the speaker. The HomePod mini includes a 20W USB-C power adapter in the box.
The HomePod mini can be powered from any USB-C port with high enough wattage.
The HomePod mini is significantly smaller than the full-sized HomePod. HomePod mini also features a spherical design, instead of the cylindrical shape on the original HomePod.
The HomePod mini measures 3.3 inches high (84.3 mm) and 3.9 inches wide (97.9 mm). HomePod mini weighs only 0.76 lbs (345 g).
Pre-orders for HomePod mini open on Friday, November 6, 2020.
The smart speaker is officially available starting ten days later, on Monday, November 16, 2020. Early pre-orders should arrive on this date, with the HomePod mini also appearing in Apple retail stores.