The tech giant based in Cupertino officially entered the smart speaker with the praised HomePod, back in 2018. The device, a promising Siri-powered speaker, left a lot of room for improvement. Things, however, are about to change.
Apple could be looking to get things right with the next launch of HomePod 2 (or HomePod mini), a rumored cheaper and smaller variant of the home speaker that could be here soon. Here is what you need to know.
Apple HomePod 2 Features and Specs
According to some reports, we should expect the Apple HomePod 2 or HomePod mini to offer similar specs to the original HomePod.
LeaksApplePro indicates that the HomePod 2 will house an A10 processor, while a patent suggests the device could have “invisible touch controls.” Such functionality would allow users to interact with more of the HomePod’s surface to control playback.
But another patent spotted by MacRumors claims that Apple HomePod 2 could arrive with support for 3D hand gestures and Face ID. The features would allow users to control the speaker with air gestures. It could also have multiple profile support via Face ID.
The same patent goes further detailing even more features, such as the speaker’s ability to display some icons for users’ favorite stuff or weather.
Apple HomePod 2 Expected Release Date
The HomePod 2 could finally be here as soon as October 13, when Apple will hold its upcoming “Hi, Speed” event for the much-awaited iPhone 12. There are even some Twitter users that think the event invite itself is actually teasing the speaker.
Also, a Bloomberg report claims that Apple stores are clearing stock of rival audio devices from brands such as Sonos and Bose, indicating that the company could be making room for a new HomePod and the speculated AirPods Pro.
Apple HomePod 2 Price Tag
According to previous reports, we should expect the Apple HomePod 2 to come in at a more attainable cost. Back in 2018, Apple was tipped to have in development a version of the HomePod that could have a price tag between $150 and $200.
More details will be available next week.
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