Despite the fact that the new Bluetooth speaker looks like it is little more than a regular JamBox that has been sliced lengthwise down the middle, the Mini Jambox a whole new thing. Built like the unibody MacBooks, the new Mini Jambox is carved from a single block of aluminum. This means that despite its diminutive size, it still sounds a lot bigger than it looks.
The Mini’s construction means that it has a lot more space inside for the sound to rattle around in before punching out into your earholes. Instead of making one box, then sticking on all the speaker parts, and then wrapping it in another box, the Mini is a single chamber carved in complex convolutions to fit the components inside. The upshot is a smaller speaker, and a better speaker.
The Mini Jambox will also act as a speakerphone, and has Jawbone’s fancy “live audio” processing to make the sound sound like surround. There’s also a new app which will mix and match music sources (your iPhone’s own library, plus Rdio, Spotify and so on), as well as letting you customize your Mini (this last part only work with the mini).
The price will be $179, the same as the regular Jambox.