Apple slipped a small sensor into the HomePod Mini that can measure the temperature and humidity in a room, according to a report on Monday from Bloomberg. The component, which doesn’t appear to have been previously disclosed, could help bolster Apple’s smart-home ambitions.
Thewas launched in November, costing $99 in comparison with the $300 HomePod original. The Siri-powered smart speaker came with new features, including an . Earlier this month, Apple said it was and focusing its efforts on the Mini.
Apple has internally discussed having the sensor send temperature and humidity readings to internet-connected thermostats, so adjustments can be made based on current conditions, according to Bloomberg. It could also reportedly let the HomePod Mini trigger actions, like turning on a fan, based on the temperature in a room.
The temperature sensor is made by Texas Instruments, according to Bloomberg, and located near the bottom edge of the HomePod Mini near its power cable.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.