According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose reputation in terms of predictions about current projects in the laboratories of the Cupertino company is well established, Apple is working to resuscitate one of its best products.
HomePod, a long-awaited return
This is the HomePod, discontinued in March 2021. At the time, Tim Cook said he wanted to devote his troops entirely to the development of the HomePod mini. The latter is considered the little brother of the HomePod, because it is more accessible in terms of price and smaller in size.
But its audio streaming capabilities are not at all comparable to what the HomePod can produce. This Wi-Fi speaker was launched by the Californian in February 2018. It didn’t last long on the shelf unfortunately, only 3 years. But it was, and still is, highly regarded by audiophiles for its audio quality and revolutionary sound technologies, including its so-called ‘beamforming’ feature. This underlies an automatic and intelligent adaptation of the emission frequency curve to the listening room.
Lovers of good sound were therefore disappointed to learn of the abandonment of the HomePod last year. Especially since its mini version, which we have also tested in our columns and appreciated, cannot satisfy the same demand and the same needs.
Many therefore hoped that stopping the project was in fact more of a rehabilitation strategy than a real abandonment. The source just confirms the first hypothesis. The American company should release a new HomePod in the last quarter of 2022, or the first quarter of 2023.
Ming-Chi Kuo, however, does not give further details. It simply states that the HomePod version 2 would not bring a drastic change in design compared to the first generation.
Apple would release a new version of HomePod in 4Q22-1Q23, and there may not be much innovation in hardware design. Smart speakers are undoubtedly one of the essential elements of the home ecosystem, but I think Apple is still figuring out how to succeed in this market.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 20, 2022
As our colleagues from CultofMac report, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg had already mentioned the imminent arrival of a newcomer to the HomePod range. But the journalist saw a HomePod mini “Plus” version appearing instead, with a format between the original HomePod and the HomePod mini.
In any case, we can’t wait to find out what Apple is preparing for us.
Is HomePod a product you love? Would you be interested in a new version of the speaker? What features do you think were missing from the first version?