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HomePod With ‘iPad-Like Display’ Rumored to Launch in 2025 at Earliest

HomePod With ‘iPad-Like Display’ Rumored to Launch in 2025 at Earliest

Apple is still working on a new HomePod speaker with an “iPad-like display” built into it, but the device is unlikely to launch until 2025 at the earliest should the plans move forward, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. In his Power On newsletter today, Gurman said Apple has started “early work” on a HomePod with a screen with overseas suppliers, but he said the company has yet to make “enough headway” on the device for him to consider a launch to be imminent. Gurman reiterated that Apple has also explored a device that combines an Apple TV, HomePod, and FaceTime camera, along with iPad-like smart displays that could be magnetically attached to a wall, but it is unclear if these products will ever be released. He said Apple has been “indecisive” about its smart home product ideas for years. Apple reversed course and released a new full-sized HomePod in 2023 after discontinuing the device in 2021. Apple also continues to sell the HomePod mini, which has not received any major hardware updates since launching in …

Apple Acoustics VP Leaves Role, AirPods and HomePod Audio Team Gets New Leadership

Apple Acoustics VP Leaves Role, AirPods and HomePod Audio Team Gets New Leadership

The team responsible for audio at Apple will soon undergo leadership changes due to the departure of longtime acoustics vice president Gary Geaves, reports Bloomberg. Geaves is stepping down from his role, though he will be replaced with “top deputy” Ruchir Davé. Apple’s acoustics group has approximately 300 members that have developed audio technology for the AirPods, HomePods, and other Apple devices. The team was responsible for creating spatial audio, the 3D sound feature that has been built into AirPods, the Vision Pro, and other devices. AirPods product designer Tang Tan was overseeing the acoustic team under John Ternus, but he started preparing to leave Apple back in December. Since then, the acoustics team has been reporting to Matt Costello, who oversees the HomePod and Beats headphones. Geaves joined Apple in 2011 from Bowers & Wilkins, and Bloomberg says he will be staying on at Apple as an advisor to Costello as he prepares to retire. Over the course of the last two years, Geaves has been working on an overhaul to the AirPods lineup, …

Apple Removes HomePod SharePlay Feature From iOS 17.4 and tvOS 17.4 Betas

Apple Removes HomePod SharePlay Feature From iOS 17.4 and tvOS 17.4 Betas

Apple has pulled the Apple Music SharePlay feature that it was testing for the HomePod and Apple TV in the iOS 17.4 and tvOS 17.4 betas, which suggests the option may not be available when the updates are released in March. The first betas of tvOS 17.4 and iOS 17.4 enabled SharePlay music controls on both the HomePod and the Apple TV, but as of the second beta, the functionality has been removed. SharePlay is a feature that allows users to watch television, listen to music, use apps, and play games together over FaceTime, but Apple has been expanding the feature. In iOS 17, SharePlay was added to CarPlay, allowing everyone in the car to contribute songs to a shared playlist. On the ‌HomePod‌ and the ‌Apple TV‌, the SharePlay feature allowed users to generate a QR code (on the iPhone for ‌HomePod‌) that could be scanned to give friends and family members the option to play songs on the device. The ‌HomePod‌ or ‌Apple TV‌ owner was required to have an ‌Apple Music‌ subscription, …

tvOS 17.4 Allegedly Hints at HomePod With Display

tvOS 17.4 Allegedly Hints at HomePod With Display

The tvOS 17.4 beta that was released today contains code that references a future HomePod with a display, according to 9to5Mac. The site claims that there is evidence of a device with a “Z314” identifier with an A15 chip inside, with both production and “internal” versions of the device being tested by Apple. Based on our findings, the unreleased “Z314” device is powered by an A15 Bionic chip, which interestingly is the same as the iPad mini 6. Code reveals that there are internal development and also production versions of this product under test, which suggests that it may have reached an advanced stage of development. The latest beta also reportedly adds SwiftUI frameworks to the ‌HomePod‌ firmware to support a ‌HomePod‌ with a display. We’ve heard multiple rumors about a ‌HomePod‌ with a touchscreen display from reliable sources. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in March 2023 that there was a ‌HomePod‌ with a 7-inch display in development, and in October 2023, leaker Kosutami said the next-generation ‌HomePod‌ would have a design similar to the …

tvOS 17.4 Code References Mysterious homeOS

tvOS 17.4 Code References Mysterious homeOS

Code discovered by MacRumors in the first beta of tvOS 17.4 suggests that Apple’s work on “homeOS” is continuing behind the scenes. Back in June 2021, Apple listed two job postings that mentioned homeOS, but deleted the term when it was noticed by the media. We’ve seen no sign of homeOS since, except for in the first tvOS 17.4 beta. Apple’s 2018 HomePod ran a modified version of iOS 11 when it launched, but Apple transitioned to using the tvOS platform for the ‌HomePod‌ with the release of ‌HomePod‌ Software 13.4. As part of its effort to develop an expanded smart home presence, Apple could eventually combine the tvOS and ‌HomePod‌ software in the future, potentially rebranding it as homeOS. Apple is actively working on a new smart home display that would compete with the Echo Show, Meta Portal, and Google Nest Hub, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The smart home display is said to have an iPad-like design and a camera for FaceTime calls, and it is likely meant to mount to the wall …

Apple’s Touchscreen HomePod Coming This Year: Everything We Know

Apple’s Touchscreen HomePod Coming This Year: Everything We Know

Apple is believed to be working on a new full-sized HomePod that features a touchscreen display for the first time. The device is rumored to launch as soon as the first half of this year, so here’s everything we know about it so far. Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman was first to suggest in 2021 that Apple is working on new HomePods with displays and cameras. The ‌HomePod‌’s OS is now built upon tvOS, and it appears that the groundwork for a ‌HomePod‌ with a screen has been slowly laid in the background for some time. Design and Functionality The first specific report of Apple’s intention to launch a new HomePod model with a display came from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in March 2023. He said the device will feature a 7-inch display supplied by China’s Tianma. In October 2023, the Apple leaker and prototype collector known as “Kosutami” shared information about an upcoming HomePod model with an LCD display. The device will purportedly feature a virtually identical design to the second-generation ‌HomePod‌, but with a …

SharePlay Music Control Expanding to HomePod and Apple TV

SharePlay Music Control Expanding to HomePod and Apple TV

Starting with iOS 17.4 and tvOS 17.4, currently in beta, Apple has expanded SharePlay music control to HomePod speakers and the Apple TV. The feature was tipped to us by Hidde Collee, Aaron Perris, and Benjamin Xing. This feature allows family and friends to control the music that is playing on your HomePod or Apple TV with permission. For now, this is limited to the Music app, but the other people do not need to have an Apple Music subscription in order to participate. Apple already rolled out a similar feature for CarPlay last year, allowing anyone in a car to control music playback via SharePlay with permission. The primary user can decide whether to approve or deny each request. HomePod While playing a song in the Music app on your iPhone, tap the SharePlay icon at the bottom of the screen to bring up a QR code, which another person can scan with their iPhone or Android smartphone’s camera to request access to music playback controls. Even a screenshot of the QR code suffices, …

Apple Releases HomePod 17.3 Software

Apple Releases HomePod 17.3 Software

Alongside iOS 17.3, iPadOS 17.3, macOS Sonoma 14.3, and tvOS 17.3 Apple released HomePod 17.3 software with bug fixes and software improvements. Today’s update comes over a month after the release of the HomePod 17.2 update. Apple does not specify what’s included in the ‌HomePod‌ 17.3 software, and the generic release notes only say that it brings stability and performance improvements. ‌HomePod‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ software is installed automatically on the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌HomePod‌‌‌ unless the feature is disabled‌‌‌‌, but the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌HomePod‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ can also be manually updated in the Home app by following the instructions in our HomePod‌‌ update how to. Popular Stories Apple Releasing iOS 17.3 Next Week With These New Features In its press release unveiling a new Black Unity Sport Band for the Apple Watch, Apple confirmed that iOS 17.3 will be released next week. The software update will likely be available on Monday, January 22 or Tuesday, January 23. Apple’s confirmation that iOS 17.3 will be released next week:The new Unity Bloom iPhone and iPad wallpaper for the Lock Screen will be also be available next …

Apple Reintroduced the HomePod a Year Ago Today

Apple Reintroduced the HomePod a Year Ago Today

Apple relaunched the HomePod one year ago today, debuting a second-generation model almost five years after the original model’s introduction. The ‌HomePod‌ was announced at WWDC in 2017 and launched in 2018 after a heavily delayed launch. The device was met with mixed reviews; critics praised its outstanding sound quality but pointed out its high price, missing features, and limited functionality compared to rivals. Apple dropped its price from $349 to $299 in April 2019 and, in March 2021, the company announced that it was discontinuing the first-generation ‌HomePod‌, instead shifting its focus to the HomePod mini, which launched the previous year. The decision left a gap in Apple’s product lineup for a full-sized smart speaker until the company introduced the second-generation model via a press release on January 18, 2023. The second-generation ‌HomePod‌ looks virtually identical to the original, although it is 0.2 inches shorter and has a larger edge-to-edge LED touchscreen on top. It also boasts a range of upgrades and changes compared to its 2018 predecessor: ‌HomePod‌ (second-generation, 2023) ‌HomePod‌ (first-generation, 2018) …

HomePod Mini Expected to Launch in Malaysia

HomePod Mini Expected to Launch in Malaysia

Apple today received approval to sell the HomePod mini in Malaysia, according to a local regulatory filing uncovered by Xavier Naxa. It’s unclear when the HomePod mini will be available in Malaysia, but sales will presumably begin on Apple’s online store there within the next few months. Apple has yet to receive approval to sell the full-size second-generation HomePod in the country. Apple first released the HomePod mini in October 2020 in the U.S., and it is now sold in around 25 countries. New color options were added in November 2021, and the speaker’s previously-unused temperature and humidity sensor was activated last year. Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last year said mass shipments of a second-generation ‌HomePod mini‌ would begin in the second half of 2024. Popular Stories Apple Plans to Expand iPhone Driver’s Licenses to These 8 U.S. States In 2021, Apple introduced a feature that lets residents of participating U.S. states add their driver’s license or ID to the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch, providing a convenient and contactless …