Apple HomePod with 7-inch show coming early subsequent yr, says analyst

Apple is reportedly working a HomePod with a 7-inch show for launch in early 2024.

Famend trade analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, has claimed that the corporate will look to broaden its good speaker vary with a mannequin that is extra in-keeping with its different merchandise – equivalent to iPhone and iPad.

He wrote on Medium that the brand new HomePod is prone to debut within the first half of subsequent yr and be redesigned: “The HomePod, which equips a panel, might allow tighter integration with Apple’s different {hardware} merchandise, marking a big shift within the firm’s good dwelling technique,” Kuo said.

The panel might be made by Chinese language show producer Tianma, the analyst revealed. It’s well-known for its display improvements, having been the primary firm to develop a clear Micro-LED panel on the tail finish of 2022.

He additionally believes Tianma might be a significant provider of shows for Apple going ahead. It may also be tasked with manufacturing iPad panels in future.

The concept of a HomePod with a big(ish) show was first touted final yr. One hearsay advised that Apple might make a wise speaker that comes with an iPad-like display for kitchen use and, whereas this newest report describes a tool that is much less bold (7-inches is not fairly iPad-sized), it does trace that the Cupertino firm is trying longingly at good show units from the likes of Amazon and Google’s Nest model.

We count on it will focus extra on the audio high quality nonetheless, nevertheless. The present HomePod, as launched in January, is not fairly as well-equipped as Echo or Nest equivalents in its smarts however does supply glorious audio efficiency from a comparatively small type issue.

There’s additionally speak of a brand new model of the Apple HomePod Mini, which might additionally come on the similar show as a member of the family with a show. We’ll preserve you updated with something we discover out within the meantime.