Apple recently announced it was
discontinuing the original HomePod and focusing on the HomePod mini instead. But that doesn’t mean the HomePod mini will always be the only product in the range.
Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman writes (in the same article where he mentions the
hidden sensor in the HomePod mini), that Apple is developing “new speakers with screens and cameras”.
A HomePod with a built-in iPad-like screen and camera for group conversations would be a completely different and far more versatile offering than the original, music-focused HomePod – a competitor to
Nest Hub Max,
Echo Show and
Facebook Portal. It would also provide a central interface for controlling HomeKit-compatible
smart home products, while the camera could be used to authenticate users.
Mark Gurman warns that no launch is imminent, however. The new speakers are only prototypes for now, and may never hit the market as finished products.
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This article originally appeared on
Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.