Release Date, Prices and Specs

Do you want to know what Apple has in mind as a sequel to the HomePod? In this article we analyze the indicatis and rumors about the HomePod 2 and the next versi of the HomePod software that will improve the existing units.

We discuss the likely release date of the next generati HomePod, prices and new features. In additi to rumors, Apple will launch a smaller and cheaper versi of its smartspeaker.

The new release date of HomePod

The HomePod was announced in June 2017 at WWDC, but was ly launched in February 2018. So by the end of 2018 you can expect a wave of expectatis about a tracking model.

We could, however, hear a little earlier about a new HomePod.

In March 2018, Ecomic Daily News, a Taiwan site, published a report and made a number of predictis about Apple 2018 Product Roadmap. In additi to the new iPhones, iPads and MacBooks, the website (with sources from the industry) expects a new, cheaper HomePod to be launched in the secd half of 2018.

This was not the first rumor that a cheaper HomePod could be in preparati at Apple. Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang said in February 2018 that he thought a cheaper HomePod could be launched in 2018. "We think Apple could launch a low-end HomePod in the fall with a price tag of $ 150 to $ 200» report Barrs.

Apple usually has an exit window in the secd half: September when it refreshes its iPhones. The HomePod 2 (or HomePod mini) can be announced at the same event.

However, a Bloomberg report in June 2018 suggests that a launch in September or October is unlikely. It is certainly possible that Apple will organize an event in October as in the past.

But we may not see anything in 2018. According to Bloomberg sources, Apple is working a new versi of the HomePod for 2019. It will be launched at the same time as new AirPods and new Apple earphes in the spring, according to this report . We may see a new HomePod in March 2019.

New HomePod price

The first generati HomePod costs £ 319 / $ 349. (You can buy it live from Apple here.)

Ordinary versi 2 of an Apple product has to cost about the same, the natural reducti of producti costs and materials is compensated by the increase in the upgrade costs of compents. But it is rumored that this will happen differently and predicts that we will get a much cheaper HomePod in 2018.

The earlier report of March 2018 Ecomic Daily News supported Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang and said that the new HomePod would cost between $ 150 and $ 200, about half the price. Topical. Based this, British prices of around £ 160 seem plausible.

Another report from May 2018 (translated from Chinese here) suggested that the successor to the original HomePod costs $ 199 (about £ 147).

A lower price seems likely in respse to weak sales of the first generati model. In April KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that e of the reass why the first generati HomePod did not sell well was the high price, which could endanger the demand despite the excellent sound quality.

New HomePod design

The new HomePod 2 can be smaller than the current model, while it is cheaper – perhaps a HomePod Mini. A report the Japanese site Mac Otakara in March 2018 suggested that the new loudspeaker would be smaller. (Read the translati here).

Beats HomePod

In May 2018, the aforementied Chinese Sina report suggested that Apple would launch a smaller and cheaper smart speaker, but the new model would not be the Apple brand, but it would be launched as the new "HomePod" from Apple.

By launching a Siri-powered Beats speaker, Apple might be able to attract another part of the smart speaker market. The Beats brand traditially has a younger and trendy suite. A lower price could also attract more from this market.

HomePod software updates

We expect the HomePod software to be updated this fall alg with iOS 12, and if that is the case, Apple's smart speaker should take advantage of new features.

French site, iGenerati claims that a beta versi of iOS 12 has been distributed to internal Apple testers. With the coming software, users can:

  • Make calls directly from the HomePod (currently users can call or place a call an iPhone and deliver it to HomePod).
  • Listen to voice messages the HomePod.
  • Users can ask HomePod to search for my iPhone and play it this device (or any other Apple device that you set up for the service).
  • Set more than e timer.
  • Change the Wi-Fi network that the HomePod is cnected to.
  • Language support will be improved.

During the WWDC, Apple said that the HomePod can transmit audio from the FaceTime calls of the group.

Siri functis

It is generally recognized that the HomePod is an excellent speaker. But his references like good looking the speaker received a more mixed recepti, the ability of Siri became unfavorable compared to Google assistants and Alexa voice assistants in competing products.

For this reas, the most important upgrade we expect – and hopefully – in the new HomePod is a more ambitious range of voice commands and functis. (Here are the things you can ask Siri at the moment the HomePod.)

Many commentators have also pointed out how dangerous it is to not be able to create multiple accounts with different recognized voices. Logically, you want the HomePod to hear and recognize your child's voice and allow limited commands (such as sg playback), hear familiar adult voices and recognize them, and enable more advanced features such as voice recogniti. reading and texting & # 39; But the HomePod is not that smart.

Another factor affecting the chances of HomePod, notes Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities (via a MacRumors report), is the lack of additial language versis of Siri.

Kuo notices the lack of additial language versis of Siri and suggests that "Apple faces challenges in the development of AI / voice assistant around the world". Something that "will end the dynamics of HomePod deliveries".

Kuo believes that if Apple has to compete with Amaz and Google in the market for smart speakers, Apple must improve Siri's capabilities and increase its language support.

Finally, it is extremely difficult for the Siri ctrols of HomePod to be incompatible with a larger number of music streaming services. For example, full support for Spotify is essential, although you can currently use AirPlay for streaming from Spotify.

Face recogniti

Another potential feature of the next generati HomePod may be facial recogniti.

The company that builds Apple's HomePod smart speakers thinks future models can offer it.

Chairman of Inventec Appliances, David Ho, said, "Engineers design smart speakers that will not ly have speech recogniti, but which will also include features such as facial recogniti and graphics, easier to use."

A versi of the HomePod firmware released earlier in 2017 referred to facial recogniti features, but this functi did not occur in the first generati model.

Jeff Pu, analyst at Yuanta Investment Csulting, said Apple could deploy HomePods with 3D detecti cameras in 2019.

These are the new features that we would like to see in the HomePod 2. If the Taiwan report is correct and we get a csiderably cheaper model (see the price secti then), it would be unrealistic to have it. wait for a series of new features. (This would really be an insult to early adopters if a new model appears less than a year later, for half the price and did all the things that the first e could not.)

Indeed, you might expect Apple to reduce the full functiality of the limited budget versi.

Do you wder how the HomePod relates to the competiti? We compared the HomePod with the other smart speakers of our meeting with the best smart speakers here.


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