At Apple's main annual WWDC 2022 conference, Tim Cook's behemoth released the first developer beta of iOS 16. Take a deep dive into the plethora of new features (including tweaked notifications that don't get in the way of your screen shot). which is also much more customizable overall) and, most exciting for HomePod enthusiasts, Apple's first evidence of a new HomePod model. …probably.

In the beta version (a preliminary version of the software distributed to a specially selected group of users for testing in the wild, though mere mortals can view and download it if you and your iPhone are feeling brave), there are references to a Unreleased HomePod model.

As first spotted by 9to5Mac (opens in a new tab), the original HomePod in beta code is labeled "AudioAccessory1" and the HomePod mini is "AudioAccessory5." The exciting thing is that there is also an “AudioAccessory6″…

What else does all this tell us? Of course, nothing about the actual size, specs, price, or release date of the highly anticipated HomePod 2 (whatever it may or may not be called). But what these codes prove is that iOS 16 is primed and ready to support a new model of HomePod.

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously claimed that Apple is preparing a new HomePod, which is expected to launch in 2022 or early 2023. The good news is that all Apple devices released in this particular time frame will run on iOS. 16, so recent The findings of the beta version reinforce Kuo's prediction.

Opinion: I long for a new HomePod, as long as it's competitively priced

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While little is known about the features of the new HomePod (Kuo claimed "there may not be a lot of innovation in hardware design"), keep in mind that Apple ditched the original HomePod in 2021, even though it's the only one of its two devices. smart. speakers to support spatial audio.

A newer, larger, Spatial Audio-enabled Apple HomePod that, more importantly, isn't as steeply priced as Apple's original 2017 HomePod is an exciting prospect for music lovers. I would very much like to see it. He would also be one of the first to take one.

Apple's original HomePod is still a sonic joy and a thing of beauty: detailed, expansive, alive, jealous, and I still happily watch that sphere of pulsating light as Siri bends to my will. That said, it's gotten ridiculously expensive in a market where $50 is the going rate for the Amazon Echo's voice assistant speakerphone alternative.

Could Apple design a HomePod with a screen to rival the Amazon Echo Show 10, which, let's be honest, looks a lot like a HomePod with an iPad stuck at an angle? I hope not. One part, Amazon is leaving the Echo Show 15, who lost the idea of ​​the haut-parleur à gros tonneau, et d'autre part, a haut-parleur intelligent Apple avec un écran supplémentaire ferait sure encore grimper les Reward.

For my money, Apple excels at audio quality, when you want it. If the Cupertino giant can muster all of its surgical skills by integrating HomePod controllers, but do so in a slightly larger package and at a more affordable price, it should build it. People will come (Ray)…

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