Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has been talking about a new high-end HomePod coming soon, but that’s apparently just the tip of the iceberg. According to the tech journalist (via 9to5Mac), this new HomePod will be more like the original in terms of size and audio quality but will have a more up-to-date Apple S8 chip (the same chip expected in the upcoming Apple Watch 8 Series), and support for current wireless standards and features. Although it will reportedly launch on its own, the next-generation model will supposedly be joined by a new HomePod mini that will reportedly also get some upgrades, including, potentially, support for the current Bluetooth 5.2 standard.
But wait, there’s more! Gurman says that Apple also has two other smart home devices in the pipeline. One would be a kitchen device that’s a mash-up of an iPad and a speaker, while another is said to combine an Apple TV, a camera, and a HomePod. If these descriptions sound familiar, you might have already heard of products like the Amazon Echo Show or Google Nest Hub Max, making it clear that Apple is preparing to take on its biggest rivals in this space — assuming, of course, that the claims are accurate.
These four products could help cement Apple’s position in the smart home market beyond just its Home ecosystem. That said, even Gurman is uncertain when — or even if — all of these products will see the light of day, except for the high-end HomePod that might just be a few months away. The HomePod mini, which is a more likely candidate, might launch sometime in 2023, while one of the other smart home devices could debut in 2024, presuming they don’t get axed before then.