New HomePod mini model isn't being worked on right now

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited February 2023
Following the return of the full-size HomePod, consumers shouldn't expect a new HomePod mini anytime soon, because there's no obvious reason for an update to happen.




On Wednesday, Apple relaunched its HomePod almost two years after discontinuing the model. However, while the new version prepares to to on sale to consumers from February 3, it doesn't seem that any changes will be made to Apple's other smart speaker in the near future.

According to Mark Gurman's "Power On" newsletter for Bloomberg, he doesn't believe that Apple is actively working on a brand new HomePod mini.

The rationale is that, since the latest HomePod doesn't include any new major functions that aren't already in the $99 model, there "isn't an obvious reason to update the model." While it may be nice to introduce more color options, a cheaper price, and improve the speakers and microphones, Gurman feels the real improvements will probably be made on the back end, namely Siri and app integration.

The new HomePod's feature catch-up to the Mini included a U1 Ultra Wideband processor to enable Hand Off capabilities, with it and the HomePod mini also sporting temperature and humidity sensors that could help with Homekit automations.

Gurman's opinion differs from what he wrote in his newsletter in August 2022, when he offered that Apple was considering making an update to the HomePod mini. While not offering what those changes could've been at the time, Gurman admitted that any changes wouldn't be "super-impressive" to users.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,214member
    Apple should give up on speakers. I have come to the conclusion its finance gnomes had more to do with designing the new HomePod than the engineers.  Less speakers, an old SIP with older communications protocols, and none of the previous problems fixed. Must have had a stack of s7s sitting around in a warehouse they wanted to monetise.

    So leaving aside Gurman will probably come out with an opposite report in a week or two, why would anyone be surprised an improvement to the mini isn’t being considered? Apple will amortise the HomePod mini until every possible margin of its ever dwindling sales can be extracted, and damn the limitations.
    edited January 2023 williamlondonmuthuk_vanalingamgrandact73
  • Reply 2 of 4
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 12,937member
    entropys said:
    Apple should give up on speakers. I have come to the conclusion its finance gnomes had more to do with designing the new HomePod than the engineers.  Less speakers, an old SIP with older communications protocols, and none of the previous problems fixed. Must have had a stack of s7s sitting around in a warehouse they wanted to monetise.

    So leaving aside Gurman will probably come out with an opposite report in a week or two, why would anyone be surprised an improvement to the mini isn’t being considered? Apple will amortise the HomePod mini until every possible margin of its ever dwindling sales can be extracted, and damn the limitations.
    Absolutely not. You very likely don’t even own them, but the full-size HPs sound terrific. Room-filling sound, high-quality enough for me to sell a 7.1 receiver and high-end Anthony Gallo speaker system. HPs are just that good and much easier to manage.

    You site fewer drivers at the same price, but also conveniently omit the price different from 2018 due to inflation - $300 in 2018 is about $360 today, which would throw you into an absolutely tizzy. 

    No idea what you’re on about regarding the processor, you sound confused, as it’s newer than both the prior HPs and mini. Not that I expect you could articulate why you believe you need more in a speaker you don’t even own anyway. Whatevs. Read up here:

    https://appleinsider.com/inside/homepod/vs/new-homepod-vs-2018-homepod---compared

    Listening to mine this very moment and loving. Don’t quit your day job, bro. It ain’t running the most successful publicly traded company in human history. 
    edited January 2023 ihatescreennameswatto_cobramike1darbus69n2itivguy
  • Reply 3 of 4
    igorskyigorsky Posts: 760member
    entropys said:
    Apple should give up on speakers. I have come to the conclusion its finance gnomes had more to do with designing the new HomePod than the engineers.  Less speakers, an old SIP with older communications protocols, and none of the previous problems fixed. Must have had a stack of s7s sitting around in a warehouse they wanted to monetise.

    So leaving aside Gurman will probably come out with an opposite report in a week or two, why would anyone be surprised an improvement to the mini isn’t being considered? Apple will amortise the HomePod mini until every possible margin of its ever dwindling sales can be extracted, and damn the limitations.
    All reports are that the Mini is selling very well. Also early reviewers have said the new HomePods sound as good as the originals, even with fewer components. Sounds like you don't really know what you're talking about.
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