Apple’s HomePod Plans: What’s in the Works for 2023 and Beyond

Apple seems to be testing several different ideas for future feature additions to the HomePod smart speaker, so we thought we’d highlight all the different speaker rumors we’ve heard so far.

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At least one HomePod update is expected in 2023, though we may be waiting longer for some of the more amazing features we’ve seen rumored.

HomePod in larger size (2023)

Apple in 2021 discontinued the original full-size HomePod to focus on the more popular HomePod mini, but rumors suggest that Apple is once again ready to try to sell a larger HomePod speaker.

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BloombergMark Gurman said in 2020 that Apple is working on a HomePod that would be larger than the ‌HomePod mini‌ and closer to the original HomePod in size. It could be between the HomePod and the ‌HomePod mini‌ in size, sound quality and price, offering an option for those who want something bigger than the mini but not as expensive as the first HomePod.

Such a speaker could be priced somewhere around $150 to $200, which would exceed the price of the $99 ‌HomePod mini‌, but would be less expensive than the $299 HomePod.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in May 2022 that Apple is designing a new HomePod, but he did not give specifics about size, and he said that there “may not be much innovation in hardware design” for the new HomePod. It’s possible he was talking about the same mid-range HomePod that Gurman has mentioned, but with a design similar to the HomePod.

The new HomePod could have a multi-touch screen on top for physical control purposes, along with an S8 processor, the same processor that’s in the Apple Watch Series 8.

Kuo said the new HomePod could come out in late 2022 or early 2023, while Gurman says the larger HomePod is on track for a 2023 launch.

With 2022 out now as the year draws to a close, it sounds like we could see some kind of new HomePod option in the first quarter of the year, if the rumors are true. Apple could perhaps pair a new speaker announcement with the launch of Apple Music Classical, a new ‌Apple Music‌ feature that was slated for 2022 but never materialized.

New HomePod Mini (2023)

Alongside the larger HomePod that is in the works, Apple could make a simple update to the ‌HomePod mini‌. New features aren’t expected, and neither are design changes, but updated colors will be easy enough for Apple to debut. If a new HomePod is planned for 2023, it’s likely that a minor update to the ‌HomePod mini‌ will arrive at the same time.

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Apple TV and HomePod Hybrid

In the future, Apple may combine Apple TV and HomePod into one device, creating a set-top box with advanced audio capabilities, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman.

AppleTV and HomePod functionality

This HomePod and ‌Apple TV‌ hybrid device can have a camera for video calls, with a connected TV as a screen. It will act as an ‌Apple TV‌, offering games, content streaming support and music playback.

The project was described as being in the early stages in 2021, and it’s not yet clear whether Apple will move forward with it, but it’s a design idea that makes a lot of sense because the ‌HomePod mini‌ and ‌Apple TV‌ both run the same operating system and are often used for some of the same purposes.

iPad and HomePod Hybrid

Apple has experimented with future HomePod designs that could include a screen of some sort, similar to the Google Nest Hub Max, Echo Show and Facebook portal.

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Bloomberg‌Mark Gurman‌ has described the device that Apple is working on as an advanced HomePod speaker connected to an iPad using a robotic arm. The arm will be able to rotate and move, following a user around the room during a video call, for a more advanced version of the Center Stage video feature that Apple has added to some of its products.

The ‌iPad‌/HomePod hybrid has been described as a concept-stage device, so there’s a good chance it may never see the light of day. If it does come out, it could launch in the form of deeper integration between a future HomePod and ‌iPad‌, along with an optional accessory arm to connect the two.

Apple has experimented with deeper integration between products in recent years. The ‌iPad‌ and the Mac can be connected to be controlled with one mouse or trackpad and one keyboard, for example, and the iPhone can be connected to a Mac to serve as a camera, so it wouldn’t be out of the question for Apple to pair the HomePod and the ‌iPad‌ in new ways in the future.

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