What you need to know
- There have been rumors of a HomePod with a screen before and this concept imagines what that could be.
- The gorgeous concept shows a large Retina screen atop a HomePod.
The idea of a HomePod with a screen isn't even remotely new, but it's something that crops up every now and again. And each time it does, I'm reminded what a great idea it would be. Turns out, I wasn't alone.
Designer Eric Huismann has been hard at work creating concepts based on a few things (opens in new tab), but it's the HomePod Show I'm most interested in. Because the thought of having a HomePod that can show me things instead of throw results to my iPhone is absolutely something I'm here for.
The concept imagines a square HomePod-type affair with a screen slapped on the top. Not just any old how, though. The screen is slanted so that it's at the right angle for you to see without looming over your speaker all the time. And boy does this make me wish Apple would give us all a HomePod with a display!
The only issue I can see with this design is that you're unlikely to watch an episode of Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ while making dinner thanks to this square display. Lengthen it out a bit and you might be onto a winner.
Whether Apple will ever do anything like this, only the company knows. For now, we'll just have to hope and dream. Or just buy an Echo Show instead — that's probably the best smart speaker for anyone who wants to watch content as well as ask what the weather's like.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
I just want the original HomePod back. I have a pair of them, and I wish I had gotten more before they were gone. The Mini does a decent job, but nothing compares to the sound of the original. If they want to add a screen, I'm fine with that, but I want the high quality audio back!
I think HomePod Vision would be better than paying homage to Amazon. I'm with jkeitz on bringing back the OGs, or an updated version of them. I have Echo's all over the house for home control, viewing security cameras, answering stupid questions and stuff. If I want to listen to music though, that's what the Homepods are for, The OGs are better for that than the mini's, which are pretty good. What I would like to see is a HomePod soundbar, potentially with Apple TV built in.
The concept looks nice, but I wouldn’t count on Apple producing anything like this. They got out of the router market, abandoned the HomePod, and I think its only a matter of time before they forget about the HomePod Mini and kill it off as well. And before anybody jumps on me, I have FOUR HomePods (in two stereo pairs) and two HomePod Minis (also in a stereo pair.) I don’t regret owning them, but I’m not expecting much from Apple in this area either. Heck, they don’t even show much love to the Apple TV (hardware) beyond a long sought-after remote upgrade. The home is an afterthought for Apple, while Google and Amazon have more active development programs. I would be happy to be proven wrong, but I feel HomeKit will go the way of the AirPort Express - widely regarded and ahead of its time, but holding no interest by Apple.
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