References to an unknown HomePod model can be found in the iOS 16 beta

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An unreleased HomePod is referenced in the first iOS 16 beta, though it's not clear what the model may actually be.

The HomePod mini (left), the HomePod (right)
The HomePod mini (left), the HomePod (right)


On Monday, Apple announced iOS 16, the next major operating system release for the iPhone. The first developer beta has already hit the internet, with many combing over the code to see what hidden features may be waiting to be found.

As it turns out, the iOS 16 beta code does feature a secret -- a reference to an Apple HomePod. However, the code makes it clear that it isn't the HomePod mini or the original HomePod.

First spotted by 9to5mac, the unknown HomePod is labeled internally as "AudioAccessory6," while HomePod mini is "AudioAccessory5," and the original HomePod is "AudioAccessory1."

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that a new HomePod may release in late 2022 or 2023. He did not specify whether it would be a HomePod akin to the original, or a second-generation HomePod mini.

As a product that doesn't generally enjoy a regular update cycle, like the iPhone's annual updates, Apple's introduction of a new HomePod model is much harder to pin down.

There have been two major HomePod launches in February 2018 and November 2020, equating to a 2-year-9-month gap between models. There is no hard-established cycle that would suggest a concrete launch date.

Read on AppleInsider

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    riverkoriverko Posts: 162member
    I wonder what AudioAccessory 2-4 are. AirPods?
  • Reply 2 of 4
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,934member
    Probably prototype full-sized HomePods that ended up in the scrap heap.

    Or maybe other cancelled speaker components like center channel, subwoofer, satellites, etc.
    edited June 7 watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 4
    Alex1NAlex1N Posts: 69member
    This article assumes that “AudioAccessory6” is in fact a HomePod and not yet another AirPod. It will be interesting to see if said device ever surfaces, but I’m not going to be holding my breath.
    edited June 8 watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 4
    macguimacgui Posts: 2,249member
    Alex1N said:
    This article assumes that “AudioAccessory6” is in fact a HomePod and not yet another AirPod. It will be interesting to see if said device ever surfaces, but I’m not going to be holding my breath.
    Given the contents of the article, that seems to be a fair assumption. There have been more releases of AirPods than AudioAccessories 2-4, so unless someone has information that 2-4 were in fact AirPods, and maybe not prototypes of HomePod versions, a new HomePod seems plausible.

    There have been a great many references over the years of prototypes of products that Apple has never brought forward, or done so only after a very long period of development. As the owner of two  original HomePods and no minis they've had very limited utility for me. So if there's to be a new version it'll really have to move the WOW needle for me to sign up.
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