Thursday, May 26, 2022, 18:37 Hardware

Kuo: New HomePod By End Of 2022 Or Start of 2023

Apple released the HomePod mini in November 2020 and announced the discontinuation of the standard HomePod less than a year later in March 2021. The HomePod lineup has remained unchanged since then – except for when Cupertino announced a few new color variations for the HomePod mini in October 2021. Soon, however, we should see some new hardware, as per the well-informed Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo – who claims that Apple is currently planning to present new HomePod hardware in the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023. This isn't to come without a disclaimer though, as Kuo considers any massive hardware innovations unlikely.



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It's not clear yet whether or not Kuo's recent statement refers to the HomePod mini, the original HomePod discontinued in 2021, or a completely new model altogether.

Crossover Between HomePod & HomePod mini?
For quite a while now, the rumor mill has churned out hints that Apple might be preparing to release a HomePod model in between the HomePod mini and the now discontinued original HomePod. Even Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has reported that Apple is currently working on such a device – likely embodying the exact same "HomePod" hardware that Kuo mentions. Of course, it's also possible that Apple could be working on a HomePod with a touch screen similar to Google's Nest Hub or Amazon's Echo Show. However, there are no rumors from any valid sources concerning such a development.

Difficult Market Situation For Apple
Apple is still having a bit of a hard time on the smart speaker market. Although the 2018 HomePod did amass a small number of loyal fans thanks to the product's high sound quality, the device failed to achieve widespread popularity on the mass market due to its high price. The HomePod mini has done much better than its original counterpart, however, Google and Amazon still have considerably more affordable options available. Exactly what strategy Cupertino plans to follow to better establish itself within the smart speaker market in the future remains to be seen.

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