Apple HomePod 2: Features, Release Date And Price

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Before being abruptly discontinued in March 2021, the original Apple HomePod was one of the best wireless speakers on the market, and the firm chose to focus on the smaller and less expensive Apple HomePod mini.
While the Apple HomePod mini is a terrific speaker in its own right, its little size and low price lead us to believe that Apple will produce a successor to its original flagship smart speaker in order to compete with more powerful versions like the Amazon Echo Studio and Sonos One.

Since Apple canceled the HomePod, we’ve seen a slew of patents that imply the firm is working on a new HomePod model — the so-called Apple HomePod 2 – which, if rumors are to be believed, might have a display.
So far, Apple hasn’t confirmed if the HomePod 2 exists, so we can’t tell for sure whether it will be released anytime soon – but that hasn’t stopped us from fantasizing about all the features we’d like to see in the company’s next smart speaker.

Apple HomePod2 Release Date

There’s no information on when the Apple HomePod 2 will be introduced – or even if it exists – and the smart speaker was not mentioned during Apple’s hardware presentations in 2021.

It’s possible that we’ll have to wait a long time to see the HomePod 2. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg stated in a report that “The business had been working on an enhanced version of the bigger HomePod for sale in 2022 before it was discontinued. It has also been working on new speakers with displays and cameras, but no release date has been set.”

It’s unclear whether Apple’s new speakers will take up the HomePod mantle, but it sounds like we’ll have to wait until 2023 or later for a HomePod 2 if one is launched at all.

In any case, keep a watch out for a new HomePod at Apple’s Spring Event on March 8 – we’ll be on the lookout for any rumors in the lead-up to the event.

Apple HomePod2 Price

There’s no information on possible pricing for the Apple HomePod 2, but if it’s a full-sized HomePod rather than the HomePod tiny, we’d expect it to be similar to the original smart speaker.

The Apple HomePod cost $349 / £319 / AU$499 when it was first released in 2018, making it one of the most expensive smart speakers on the market – and certainly the most expensive mainstream alternative.

That’s why we were taken aback when the Apple HomePod small was announced at $99 / £99 / AU$149 in 2020. We’re optimistic that Apple will find a happy medium between the two pricing tiers, even if the next HomePod is full-size.

Apple HomePod2 Design And Features

So far, we’ve heard a few Apple HomePod 2 speculations that might reveal the features of the forthcoming smart speaker

A battery-powered HomePod

Apple wanted to produce a portable battery-powered version of the HomePod, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his PowerOn newsletter, which may have challenged our favorite portable speaker, the Sonos Roam.

The Beats Pill+, Apple’s lone Bluetooth speaker, was recently discontinued, implying that it might be making way for a new portable choice.

Despite this, it appears that ideas for a portable HomePod have been postponed for the time being – but we’ll have to wait and see what comes out if a HomePod 2 is announced.

A HomePod with a screen

One of the most intriguing speculations is that the HomePod 2 will have a screen, similar to the Amazon Echo Show 10 and Google Nest Hub 2.

The report that Apple is working on a HomePod smart display might be a sign that the corporation is refocusing its efforts on smart home integration.

Apple has also introduced FaceTime and iMessage frameworks, as well as a new AVFCapture framework for collecting photographs, as MacRumors’ Steve Moser discovered in the tvOS 14.5 beta code.

Apple’s HomePod software is based on tvOS rather than iOS, which implies texting and video calls might be added to a future HomePod smart display as well.

A built-in temperature sensor

The HomePod small has a secret sensor that can sense temperature and humidity, which might lead to new and intriguing functions in the future.

The circuitry might also allow the HomePod mini to take additional actions based on temperature, such as turning on a fan, implying that future software updates could bring a slew of new features to the gadget.
If Apple decides to add these sensors in a future model, it’s feasible that similar feature updates may also come to the HomePod 2.

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