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New HomePod leaked in iOS 16 beta code

Homepod Mini Review
Homepod Mini Review (Image credit: Stephen Warwick / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple announced iOS 16 on Monday and released the first beta to developers.
  • It contains code that references an as-yet-unreleased HomePod.
  • Previous rumors indeed indicate Apple is working on a new smart speaker.

Apple's first iOS 16 beta appears to have confirmed reports that a new HomePod is on the way, with a reference to just such a device found in the code.

As noted by 9to5Mac:

As discovered by 9to5Mac, there are references to an unreleased HomePod model hidden in the iOS 16 beta code. This HomePod is labeled internally as "AudioAccessory6," while HomePod mini is "AudioAccessory5" and the original HomePod is "AudioAccessory1."

There's nothing to glean about the device beyond its existence at this stage, however, we have heard plenty previously about Apple's possible plans to debut a new smart speaker that could sit alongside the HomePod mini.

In May Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Apple will release a new smart speaker at the end of this year or at beginning of next year, but stated that "there may not be much innovation in hardware design."

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has reported that Apple is testing multiple new types of smart speakers including a battery-powered portable version, and an all-inclusive home entertainment unit that could see Apple TV merged into the smart speaker, or indeed a smart speaker that houses an iPad-Esque display for interactions.

Apple announced iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS Ventura, and not one but two new MacBook's at its WWDC keynote yesterday. The developer betas of these are now available for brave users to test out, and public versions will be made available next month.

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Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.