The HomePod was skilfully rejected by Apple, but now seems to be making a comeback. We tell you what we know about the smart speaker so far. Will we see it in September already?
We have fond memories of Apple’s HomePod, despite the fact that it did not support the Dutch language. Still, Apple’s smart speaker didn’t sell well enough, because the company decided to stop offering it. Today, only the HomePod mini is available. As mentioned, this one is a lot smaller and cheaper. Still, the bigger brother seems to be coming back.
The first generation of the HomePod dates back to 2018. Friend and foe praised the smart speaker because of the sound quality. Yet there was a great millstone around his neck: the price. Because let’s face it: who wants to pay 349 dollars for it? With the mini came a great alternative for a much cheaper price ($99). However, there is a drawback: it cannot match the sound quality of the HomePod. Apple is now going to try again with a larger variant.
HomePod mini in the Netherlands: is the small speaker worth the money?
There are several rumors about a new HomePod. According to the reliable Bloombergjournalist Mark Gurman, the new version of the speaker is closer to the original version in terms of size and sound than its little brother.
Specs en release
It’s not just about size, of course, but also what you can do with it. If we are to believe the rumors, the new HomePod will have an improved touchscreen on the top. In addition, it probably has the Apple S8 processor, which is probably the same as that of the Apple Watch Series 8.
The big question, of course, is when we can expect the new HomePod. Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects it to arrive in Q4 2022 or Q1 2023, so we may already see it during the iPhone 14 presentation, which is likely scheduled for September 7. . Unfortunately there is nothing to report about the price.
Should Apple Start Working on a New HomePod?
Still, it doesn’t seem like the only HomePod in the works. For example, according to various sources, Apple is working on a device that combines the HomePod and Apple TV and also has a camera for FaceTime. What we know for sure is that it won’t be on the market before 2023 anyway.
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