HomePod Shifts To Low Power Mode After 8 Minutes As Detailed In Apple’s Environmental Report

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Jan 26, 2018

Apple today has seen fit to publish its HomePod environmental report in which it has detailed the energy consumption of the smart speaker. In terms of the energy consumption, the report details how the low power mode will work. Furthermore, Apple also explains the impact of the HomePod on the environment based on the greenhouses gas emissions and the material used to manufacture the product. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the low power mode of the smart speaker and more.

HomePod Will Shift To Low Power Mode After 8 Minutes Of Inactivity

According to Apple, the HomePod consumes less power than an average A19 LED light bulb when playing music. The results are based on the volume set at 50 percent which consumes between 8.69W and 9.25W of power. Henceforth, it can be presumed that the time frame of the battery life will differ when the volume output is changed.

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However, the best part added in Apple’s report was the low power mode that the HomePod enters after resting inactive for some time. However, the smart speaker does wait for commands, which is its true intended purpose of being smart. The company states that its smart speaker enters low power mode after 8 minutes of inactivity by default. At this stage, it’s not clear whether Apple’s ‘default’ means that it can be toggled or the time duration can be changed.

The company details that when its smart speaker is in the low power mode, it uses between 1.71W and 1.76W of power. To put it another way, that is 1/5th of the energy consumption of an A19 LED light bulb. The iPhone-maker describes the shift as to how it was able to exceed the ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for audio and video version 3.0.

HomePod uses power-efficient components and software that can intelligently power them down during periods of inactivity. For example, through optimized power management features and a high-efficiency power supply, HomePod has been designed to be efficient in its low power mode, where the majority of 
time is spent. The result is that HomePod is energy efficient right out of the box.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. HomePod is now available for pre-orders, check out more details on it here.

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As for now, what are your thoughts on the low power mode on Apple’s HomePod smart speaker? Do you think it’s a neat move considering all the competition that has come into play recently? Share your views with us in the comments.

Source: MacRumors