The next Apple merchandise in its smart speaker category is coming, in accordance to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his hottest Power On publication. If that will come as a surprise to you, I just can’t blame you. Soon after all, the initially HomePod arrived pretty some time in the past, February 2020, to be precise. In that time, I have tested a whole lot of clever speakers and I’d even now say the HomePod seems the very best. Even so, Apple retired it, to aim as a substitute on the smaller sized HomePod mini.
The next-very best clever speaker in my viewpoint, because you inquire, is the Apple HomePod mini, introduced in November 2020 and current last calendar year with a few lively new colors, blue, yellow and orange.
According to Gurman, a observe-up item is still on the playing cards, and it’ll be quite distinct from both the HomePod or HomePod mini.
So distinctive, in truth, I would not be shocked if it has an all-new identify.
Which is since Gurman claims it will merge, as he puts it, “a HomePod, Apple Television set and FaceTime camera.” If this kind of a combination can take you aback, sign up for the club. It seems like rather a unique gadget and a little Frankenstein-y at that.
I imply, I can see the worth of merging Apple Television set with HomePod as it is a neat way to make certain flawlessly integrated Apple Tv sound with anything you can plug into your Television. But it does restrict wherever you can place it: it needs to sit in close proximity to your display.
Would not a new, enhanced typical HomePod be superior? Perhaps, but don’t hold your breath. Gurman says, “I really don’t consider a significant stand-by itself HomePod is nonetheless in enhancement, but perhaps a new HomePod mini is coming.”
Perfectly, a new mini is superior than absolutely nothing, but the principal item Gurman is predicting normally takes some obtaining applied to.
After all, the FaceTime camera will also restrict in which you put it—and that’s distinct from the ethos of the HomePod and mini which offer 360-degree audio. With a digicam, you’ll want to stage it in a specific route.
There’s much more: “In any case, the blend item will most likely be at the centre of Apple’s strategy, with HomePod minis encompassing that all through the home.”
This would make a little far more perception, that the new unit really should be a home amusement hub, and from that I’d consider it that it’s possible this new product is not a speaker at all, but alternatively anything that connects to HomePod mini speakers to make its sounds. In which scenario, is not this an upgraded Apple Television alternatively than a new HomePod?
Gurman is crystal clear that it’s a HomePod, so that should incorporate a speaker. He’s also adamant that it’s occurring, while it does not sound like it’s at an superior stage still.
Additional aspects as they emerge.