A Redesigned HomePod With Display Could Launch In 2024
Apple is expected to launch a newly redesigned HomePod in the first half of 2024, with one analyst suggesting that it will come with a 7-inch display built into it.
The new HomePod could change the way people use the smart speaker, with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of the belief that it will “enable tighter integration with Apple’s other hardware products, marking a significant shift in the company’s smart home strategy.”
Kuo was speaking via a note on Medium, adding that Rianma will be the company responsible for making the panels that will be used.
Tianma’s long-term prospects in Apple’s supply chain look promising. It’s poised to follow the growth path of BYD Electronics or BOE by starting with low-end products and gradually increasing its shipment allocation, and obtaining higher-end products through technology capability- upgrades. Tianma’s next orders from Apple may be iPad panels if the shipment goes well.
Apple only recently brought the HomePod back to the marketplace having only sold the HomePod mini for a couple of years. It’s functionality identical to the old one, making this rumor all the more interesting. If true, it will be the first time Apple has put a display on a HomePod while also changing the product entirely.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard suggestions that Apple could bring a display to the HomePod, with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman making similar suggestions in recent months.