Apple Reportedly Not Working On A New HomePod mini Just Yet
Apple is reportedly not working on an updated version of the HomePod mini just yet, with the possibility of a new model being released in 2024 now unlikely.
Apple has just announced an updated version of its original HomePod, but Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the company is not working on a new version of the HomePod mini.
Gurman believes that the lack of any new features on the updated HomePod means that Apple doesn’t have the need to update its HomePod mini to ensure feature parity, something that in turn means that we might be waiting a while before the miniature HomePod gets a refresh.
After the debut of a new full-sized HomePod, many users started asking about an update to the mini model. But at this point, I don’t believe that Apple is actively working on such as product. The latest HomePod doesn’t include any major new functions that aren’t already in the $99 mini, so there isn’t an obvious reason to update the model. Sure, it would be nice to get more colors, a cheaper price, and better sound and microphones, but the real improvements probably need to be made on the back end — with Siri and app integration.
The existing HomePod mini did at least get two new features of its own.
The new HomePod Software 16.3 update enables the humidity and temperature sensors that are already built into every HomePod mini that has been sold to date.