A week ago we learned that Apple’s first smart speaker would be discontinued. The company is shifting its focus from the original $299 Siri-powered smart speaker to the new $99 HomePod mini which may not offer the same audio quality, but which is a heck of a lot more affordable at a time when rivals Google and Amazon have lower-priced options.

But it turns out the HomePod mini might have something the Nest and Echo line of smart speakers lack: a temperature and humidity sensor that could help Apple’s gadget become an important part of your smart home setup. Or at least it could if Apple decided to enable the hardware. Right now it doesn’t do anything.

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  1. My LG G5 camera stopped auto focusing 1 year after buying it. My son’s G5 has the exact same issue (purchased at a different time). I don’t know what drove away other customers, but that did it for me.

    1. I think it was the widespread G4 bootlooping that caused a lot of the damage. After that, their quality didn’t improve enough such as what you describe, which is similar to things I have heard about the G5. I also think LG also got in their own way by changing their design language several times as well as insisting on launching at the same high prices of their top competition with a reputation for having problems.