From the recent report of Bloomberg, Apple is supposedly working on “at least four new smart home devices in its labs.” And one of them is allegedly the next iteration of the current Apple HomePod.
However, the upgrades are more on the internals other than on the external part of the smart speaker. The reports suggest that the updated version of the Apple HomePod will be similar to the current HomePod, not the HomePod Mini.
But when it comes to the internals, it is claimed that the new version will be rocking the same S8 chip that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8 will flaunt.
But how soon is the new Apple HomePod coming? Because Apple already discontinued the original version in 2021, the new device will likely get announced pretty soon. In fact, people are expecting the new HomePod to see the light of the day by late 2023 or early 2024.
However, that is not all that the report shed light on. The report stated that Apple is also exploring an updated version of the HomePod Mini.
That means you could see two versions of the Apple HomePod lineup soon. Alongside that, Apple is supposedly working on other smart home devices.
From the rumors, it seems like the company is working on a device that combines the power of the iPad and a smart speaker.
Before you get excited about the last two products, you must understand that all these are leaked information. And Apple is quite known for working on different devices but not releasing them in the end.
Consider Apple AirPower, for example. The wireless charging pad even got announced. But, eventually, it did not make it to the shelves. There have been other patents that got leaked but did not see the light of the day.
So, even if the new version of the HomePod and HomePod mini might come out in 2023 or early 2024, the Echo Show competitor and the new smart living room device might not.
Plus, as wireless speakers with built-in streaming capabilities are becoming more and more common, there is a high chance that the HomePod devices will come out later in 2023.
That said, when it comes to how much of an upgrade the new Apple HomePod devices will bring to the table, you need to wait for further leaks or announcements. But as we are talking about Apple, you can be sure that the upgrade can be significant, but it can also be pretty negligible.
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