Ming-Chi Kuo: New HomePod model coming as soon as this year

Apple uber-analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests the company may release a new version of the HomePod as soon as this year.

Apple's original HomePod
Apple’s original HomePod

Wesley Hilliard for AppleInsider:

After Apple discontinued the full-sized HomePod, speculation has been rampant about Apple reviving [it]…

Kuo doesn’t specify what kind of HomePod it would be or how it would differ from the existing HomePod mini. He only shares that Apple is still figuring out how to succeed in the smart speaker market.

The HomePod mini hasn’t been updated since it debuted in November 2020 except to add new colors.

MacDailyNews Take: HomePod TV.

In April, Bloomberg News’ Mark Gurman reported, “I absolutely do think a new HomePod is coming — specifically, a device that combines a HomePod, Apple TV and FaceTime camera. I don’t think a big stand-alone HomePod is still in development, but perhaps a new HomePod mini is coming. In any case, the combination product will probably be at the center of Apple’s approach, with HomePod minis surrounding that throughout the home.”

A camera for FaceTime (and Zoom, etc.) should have been built into Apple TV units years ago. Hopefully, HomePod TV will sometime see the light of day! _ MacDailyNews, April 13, 2021

A combined Apple TV + HomePod would be very compelling. In nearly every place where we have an Apple TV, a HomePod is within a few feet or could be. We imagine an Apple TV + iPad combo device would be like an Echo Show on steroids.MacDailyNews, April 12, 2021

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5 Comments

  1. Ridiculous MDN. This is why you don’t run companies. Camera on a set top box (e.g., Apple TV)? Dumbest idea ever. People but these boxes inside cabinets or bury them amongst other set top boxes. It’s not meant to be interacted this way.

    When it comes to HomePod: HomePod sucks because SIRI sucks. Until Apple fixes the SIRI hot mess, HomePod will continue to suck eggs.

    1. “Until Apple fixes the SIRI”

      You will never ‘fix’ something that billions of people use differently every day – find a better metric for success.

      1. At home: HomePod playing music (its primary purpose… it IS a speaker)

        Me: “Hey, Siri, stop the music”

        Siri: “I’m sorry, I can’t stop”

        This is a good metric for a giant failure!

  2. I just don’t understand why they didn’t launch an iPad related smart speaker in the first place when they could have trumped the market. It’s not like I and indeed many analysts weren’t telling them as if it wasn’t obvious anyway, what was needed. Clearly the management were in denial and dismissive of the whole smart speaker concept which whatever their own (understandable) prejudices the market was clearly very interested in.

  3. Hoping for something better than the original HomePod which sounds great, by the way. Just a tad more bass and improved mid-range. I’m ready to place my order!

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