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HomePod 3: More Details of Apple's Touchscreen-Ready Speaker Leaked

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Leaks about the unannounced Apple HomePod with a touch display continue to make waves. After the alleged prototype with a LCD touchscreen was spotted in October this year, a new set of information and pictures have appeared recently, revealing vital cues about the speaker's design.

Over on X, leaker and prototype collector Kosutami shared new pictures of one of the prototypes of the HomePod 3 and some of its components. As seen in the leaked material, the device resembles the HomePod 2nd gen (review) aka the 2023 model. The source also claimed that the HomePod 3 will indeed feature the same design and display panel as the current model.

It is also added the difference between the HomePod 3 over its predecessor is a slightly curved or convex glass as the topmost layer. This segment will cover the touch display panel, which is said to be curved as well. However, it's unclear whether this design has been finalized in the final product launch from Apple.

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Alleged prototypes of Apple's HomePod 3 smart speaker with a touch display. / © X/u/Kosutami

Earlier this year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculated that Apple was working on a touchscreen-equipped HomePod speaker. This was referred to as a Max or Pro version rather than a standard one. It was also rumored to feature a 7-inch touch display coupled with a camera to support FaceTime calls and mimics an Amazon Echo smart display/speaker in form.

However, with what we have learned and based on the available information at present, it appears the Cupertino tech company is on track to introduce the HomePod 3 soon. It will most likely debut sometime in 2024, as there is no concrete release date at press time.

Apart from an upgraded HomePod, Apple is also rumored to develop an iPad that works as a smart display alternative, which would be similar to the Google Pixel Tablet. Right now, there's no solid evidence that this hybrid iPad will materialize in the near future.

What are your thoughts about the Apple HomePod with a touchscreen? Would you find the feature useful? We look forward to your answers in the comments.

Source: X

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Jade Bryan

Jade Bryan
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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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