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Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a new HomePod with a built-in 7-inch display in early 2024, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This comes after rumors that the company was working on a new product that combines the iPad, Apple TV, and HomePod into a single device.
Kuo has revealed that the new HomePod will have a very different design than the current model, with its main difference being a new 7-inch panel supplied by the Chinese company Tianma. The display will enable “tighter integration with Apple’s other hardware products, marking a significant shift in the company’s smart home strategy”.
Apple has been exploring different product ideas to drive its smart home ecosystem, according to Bloomberg. This includes an iPad-like device that can be mounted on walls to control HomeKit accessories, play videos, and handle FaceTime calls. Another more ambitious device being tested internally at Apple is a device that combines the functionality of the iPad, Apple TV, and HomePod.
It remains unclear at this point whether Kuo is referring to this all-in-one device or whether Apple is simply planning to add a regular display to the current HomePod form factor.