Apple hasn’t confirmed Apple Home Pod 2, although it may be released in 2022. Last year, Apple cancelled the first Apple HomePod. The company’s flagship smart speaker was four years old, but it was still a good wireless speaker. Apple hasn’t announced a replacement.
The tech giant said it would focus on the smaller, cheaper Home Pod Mini. According to stolen Apple patents and a recent iOS 16 leak, the corporation may be preparing to introduce ‘Home Pod 2’ Better late than never.
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Apple updates its core product lines every year, but not its audio collection.
The AirPods, AirPods Pro, and HomePod are on distinct update schedules, with Apple waiting 2.5 years to upgrade its AirPods and not knowing how long it will wait between releases for the first-generation HomePod, which will be discontinued in March 2021.
Mark Gurman said the company was “working on an improved version for 2022” before the first-gen smart speaker was discontinued.
Some expected the updated HomePod to launch alongside the Apple Watch Series 8 at Apple’s September 2022 Event, but that wasn’t the case.
When will the new HomePod arrive? Apple is rumoured to be planning an October presentation focused on new iPad 10.2in and iPad Pro models. The company may also reveal the long-awaited HomePod smart speaker, which analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts will be available between Q4 2022 and Q1 2023.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple’s next HomePod could be delayed.
Gurman said the second-generation HomePod will be available in late 2023 or early 2024. This should all be taken with a grain of salt, but it suggests timeframes could have slid from Q4 2022 to 2023, possibly late in the year.
We’ll keep listening and update this section soon.
HomePod 2 Price
Again, there’s no news on the Apple HomePod 2 price; but if it’s another full-sized – or close to full-sized – HomePod; we’d expect it to cost approximately the same as the first smart speaker.
Apple HomePod cost $349/£319/AU$499 when it launched in 2018 (after being unveiled in 2017); making it one of the most expensive smart speakers on the market.
We were astonished when Apple announced the HomePod small at $99/£99/AU$149 in 2020. We hope the next HomePod is full-size and priced between the two.