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Apple is working on an updated version of the HomePod that could come in the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Kuo says that there "may not be much innovation in hardware design" for the new HomePod, and there is no word on what size the device will be and if it will be a HomePod mini successor or a larger speaker.


Bloomberg's Mark Gurman previously said that Apple is considering a new version of the HomePod that would be sized between the original HomePod and the HomePod mini, and it is possible that this is the speaker that Kuo is talking about.

Such a speaker would perhaps replace the now-discontinued HomePod, and it would be more expensive than the HomePod mini but less expensive than the larger HomePod.

Gurman also believes that Apple is working on speakers that are equipped with screens and cameras to compete with devices like the Google Nest Hub and Amazon Echo Show, but those devices are not expected to be launching in the near future. In addition, Apple is exploring a device that is an iPad connected to a HomePod via a robotic arm so that the camera can follow a user around the room, and it is testing versions of the Apple TV that are combined with a HomePod.

Article Link: Kuo: Apple to Release New HomePod in Late 2022 or Early 2023
 
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GMShadow

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They sent out a survey to owners of the big HomePod a few months ago asking what we liked/didn't like about the product.

My biggest wish item was a simple 3.5mm input - I'd be much more inclined to just dock an iPod next to it and let it play local music than I am to try to AirPlay something to it. And for the price and 'premium range' they were going for, I feel like that's not a big ask.
 

MayaUser

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Dont get your hih hopes...this account also told you the new M2 13" Mbp will come in the Spring event..it didnt
It told you that the new redesign Macbook air will come with M1...i bet that will be wrong too since everybody else is saying M2
 
AppleTV combined with a HomePod Bar ??

Speakers (including soundbars) are usually good for 10+ years. Current gen AppleTV will likely be obsolete in about half that time.

Build a soundbar in which the "brains" can be upgraded (like sticking a new cartridge in a classic game console)? OK, that seems appealing (to me anyway).

Obsolete a perfectly-good speaker(s) by the "smart brains" falling too far behind. At least I wouldn't be interested.

This goes hand in hand with the desire for an AUX jack. AUX in so it can function as a pure speaker means if Apple gives up on it and/or Siri is deprecated, etc, you still have a great-sounding speaker to enjoy for 10-15 years or so, maybe longer. Roll out another locked-down speaker entirely dependent only on the "smarts" and you probably have a short-life speaker you'll be retiring (and replacing $$$) much before the sound-generating parts themselves have had it. Example...

Good! my stereo paired OG HomePods are really starting to act up a lot :(

How long ago did original HomePod release? Unless speakers are treated terribly, good ones can easily sound good as new and work perfectly for 10+ years. Some people proudly talk up the quality sound from their 20+ year old speakers.

Personally, I prefer my high-quality "dumb" speakers, as I am confident they will be enjoyable with anything I want to play on them for a decade or two. If me, I'd prefer the "smarts" to be a separate thing sans speaker so I can enjoy any benefits that those "smarts" offer without having to "throw baby out with the bathwater" when the smarts no longer get updates. In my current setup, AppleTVs hooked to a receiver powering the dumb speakers is the "smarts" and Siri and Airplay is readily available that way too.
 
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JMStearnsX2

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Unless they
1) Lower the price
2) Add user detachable power cable
3) Allow bluetooth connectivity from non-Apple devices
4) Add 3.5mm input
Why even bother?
It would be an instant buy for me if it had all of these, and I have 5 homepod minis and 1 HomePod.

I wouldn't touch if it had a camera though....
 

sofila

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Speakers (including soundbars) are usually good for 10+ years. Current gen AppleTV will likely be obsolete in about half that time.


How long ago did original HomePod release? Unless speakers are treated terribly, good ones can easily sound good as new and work perfectly for 10+ years. Some people proudly talk up the quality sound from their 20+ year old speakers.
Well my father bought these for my brother's room in 1973. They're now in my house. Perfect as the first day
 

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