Apple said goodbye to the HomePod more than a year ago. Still, there are a lot of rumors about a comeback in a slightly different form. In addition, it still has the little brother in the house with the mini. What’s next?
The HomePod has been a permanent fixture in the Apple line-up for years. You could have the smart speaker perform all kinds of commands. Due to disappointing sales results, Apple has decided to discontinue the speaker. With the HomePod mini, it already had an adequate replacement. The little brother is less powerful, but much cheaper. However, Apple may still see a future for the large version.
A new HomePod
According to the usually reliable Mark Gurman, Apple is working on a new version of the HomePod. It must run on the S8 chip. That name may sound familiar to you, because the company would use the same processor for the Apple Watch Series 8.
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Exactly what that new HomePod will look like is still unknown. According to the journalist, it looks more like the original HomePod. In addition, it would get an updated display at the top and better audio quality.
The news of a new HomePod doesn’t come completely out of the blue. In May of this year, the well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo already reported that the company will come with a new HomePod at the end of the year, or early next year.
Apple must have something to offer
Since the previous HomePod was withdrawn from sale due to disappointing figures, the new one must have a lot more to offer. Earlier, the same Gurman broke the news that he thinks the Apple TV and HomePod would be merged into a new gadget. He also came up with the idea that Apple is also working on a version with a camera, so you can FaceTime with it.
Still, an old-fashioned HomePod can also be a success. The old version sold like hot cakes via Ebay when the farewell was announced. A lot is possible with a little innovation.
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Haven’t heard anything since then; I think the man or the whole company has fallen asleep