At the beginning of this year, Apple without much fanfare presented an updated version smart speaker HomePod, which disappeared from sale in 2021. It is quite possible that we will get another HomePod model as early as next year.

Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects that the new generation of HomePod will receive a completely different design. The main difference will be the presence of a 7-inch display, which will be supplied by the Chinese company Tianma. A HomePod with a built-in screen should provide tighter integration with other Apple products, underscoring the company’s shift in strategy around the smart home concept.

Bloomberg previously reported that Apple is considering a variety of new product options to expand the smart home ecosystem. In particular, a device similar to an iPad that can be mounted on a wall. It will allow you to control HomeKit devices, play videos and make calls via FaceTime.

The new Apple HomePod with a 7-inch display can be presented in early 2024

One of the concepts showing the HomePod with a built-in display and homeOS operating system

Another gadget that Apple is testing is a combination of iPad, Apple TV and HomePod. In fact, it is a tablet attached to a smart speaker that has a custom interface.