It has been suggested that Apple may be developing a new HomePod product that will combine a speaker, Apple TV functions, and a FaceTime camera. In the Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman says he thinks a new HomePod is coming, which will certainly be “at the heart of Apple’s approach” for the home.
Gurman first suggested last year that Apple was working on a unified Apple TV with a HomePod speaker and camera for video calls via a television set. In April 2021, Gurman said other capabilities of the device would include standard Apple TV functions such as watching videos and playing games, as well as smart speaker usage such as playing music and using Apple’s Siri digital assistant.
Apple discontinued the original high-end HomePod in March 2021, causing many to wonder if the company is working on a successor. The HomePod mini, a smaller version of the HomePod released in 2020, has become much more popular thanks to its lower price. In that sense, it wouldn’t be surprising if Apple launches another version of the HomePod mini with new features.