According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is working on an updated version of the HomePod that could arrive in the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023.
Kuo says there “can’t be a lot of hardware design innovation” for the new ‘HomePod’, and there’s no telling how big the device will be and whether it will be a mini HomePod successor or a bigger speaker.
Apple will release a new version of the HomePod in 4Q22-1Q23, and there may not be a lot of innovation in the 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. — (ming-chi kuo) (@mingchikuo) 20 May 2022
bloombergMark Gurman has previously said that Apple is considering a new version of the HomePod that will be somewhere in between the original HomePod and the HomePod Mini, and it’s possible that this is the speaker Kuo is talking about.
Such a speaker would probably replace the now-discontinued HomePod, and would be more expensive than the HomePod Mini, but less expensive than the larger HomePod.
Gurman also thinks Apple is working on speakers equipped with screens and cameras to compete with devices like the Google Nest Hub and Amazon Echo Show, but those devices aren’t expected to launch anytime soon. Additionally, Apple is exploring a device that’s an iPad connected to the HomePod via a robotic arm so the camera can follow a user around the room, and Apple is testing versions of the TV that can be used as a device. With HomePod.