HomePod with touch screen? - YourAppleWorld

Apple continues to revolutionize the world of smart devices, and this year it brings us a surprise: the new generation of HomePod, which incorporates a touch screen for the first time. As the planned launch date for the first half of 2024 approaches, we are breaking down everything we know about this long-awaited device.

A Glimpse of the Future: The HomePod with Display

News of a HomePod with display capabilities dates back to 2021, when Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman hinted at the development of new HomePods with displays and cameras. Now, with the HomePod operating system based on tvOS, it seems that Apple has been quietly laying the groundwork for this innovation.

With the arrival of the latest HomePod, Apple has raised the bar, offering a device with an immersive touchscreen and a powerful chip that promises to change smart home interaction.

New design of the renewed HomePod

The rumor of a HomePod with a screen came to fruition in March 2023, thanks to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The device would have a 7-inch display supplied by Tianma. In October of the same year, leaker “Kosutami” provided additional details, describing a design similar to the second-generation HomePod but with a touchscreen LCD display on top, instead of the usual LED arrangement. Codenamed "B720," this model promises to integrate apps like Apple Music and Apple Podcasts, displaying faded animations based on the colors of album covers during playback.

Power and processing capacity

The issue of processing is not far behind. Although the 2023 HomePod included the S7 chip, the same technology as the Apple Watch Series 7, there are indications that the new HomePod could integrate the S9 chip, based on the A15 Bionic, significantly raising the processing capacity of the device. This would not only improve Siri’s response, but could also enable health and fitness-related features.

HomePod integration and additional features

The new HomePod’s screen promises deeper integration with other Apple products. We could expect a lower latency Handoff experience with the second-generation Ultra Wideband chip, present in the iPhone 15. In addition, an improvement in audio and microphone hardware is anticipated, as well as support for Wi-Fi 6E.

Anticipation around Apple’s new HomePod is increasing, as the device promises not only a revolutionary display but also exceptional performance thanks to its advanced chip.

Key dates and future prospects

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the new HomePod is scheduled to launch in the first half of 2024. Although it is unclear whether this model will be a direct replacement for the second-generation HomePod or a new high-end addition to the lineup, expectations are high. In the long term, Apple appears to be changing its smart home strategy, working on devices that combine the functionality of the Apple TV and HomePod, and even exploring HomePod models with screens mounted on robotic arms.

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