Apple announced its HomePod back in February of 2018, meaning that the original HomePod is coming up on five years old with zero updates to the hardware. Then in March of 2021, instead of giving us a new HomePod, Apple just decided to discontinue the product altogether, keeping the HomePod mini as its only “smart” speaker on the shelves.
Even though customers were not huge fans of the actual “smart” nature of the HomePod, customers loved the sound it brought at that form factor and the ability to pair two HomePods to give themselves an amazing stereo surround sound experience. There have been rumblings that 2023 could be the year that Apple finally brings back the HomePod mini’s long-lost sibling with a much-needed update.
Parker Ortolani posted earlier today his ideal concept and vision of what a new and re-invigorated HomePod could look like in 2023. First he renamed it HomePod Max, bringing Apple’s audio nomenclature into the mix. Then, he added a gorgeous new beige color option and a purplish hue color for this new HomePod Max.
But more importantly, he brought in the idea of a new interactive touchscreen at the top of the HomePod Max and called it homeOS. With the original HomePod and the current HomePod Mini, there is a touch-sensitive panel on the top of the device that allows you to control the HomePod to a certain extent:
- Ignite Siri with a long press
- play/pause any audio
- increase/decrease volume
- certain colors indicate the state of the HomePod
Parker’s vision of this new homeOS will take this interactivity to a level that makes much more sense, visually, for HomePod owners. Some of his ideas are:
- A calling interface similar to iOS
- A timer with a ring corresponding to the countdown
- Homekit controls
- Intercom controls
- Audio playback controls and visualizer
- Ability to choose Bluetooth connectivity
Parker envisions a display that can be used as the primary way of interacting with the HomePod, rather than using your iOS, iPadOS, or macOS device as the primary way to control the device.
It does seem about time that Apple gives its customers a new version of the larger and better-sounding HomePod. It’s rare for apple to take a successful product, like the HomePod, off the shelves without a clear successor. Perhaps Apple wanted to go back to the drawing board, because even though the HomePod had amazing sound quality, it lacked the features of a modern “smart” speaker (especially compared to Google and Alexa speakers)
What do you think? Should Apple release a new HomePod with revamped homeOS? Or is the HomePod Mini enough for now?
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