During this year’s WWDC keynote, Apple did not highlight any major upgrades for Apple TV or HomePod. However, both devices are set to receive internal upgrades, according to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
Next Apple TV and HomePod models to receive upgraded internals
In the latest edition of his “Power On” newsletter, Gurman revealed that upgrades for Apple TV and HomePod are in the works, however, a new HomePod will likely not arrive in 2023.
The next-generation Apple TV, code-named J25, will receive the A14 chip and an additional gigabyte of RAM, revealed the journalist.
The new Apple TV, code-named J255, is in development with an A14 chip and an additional gigabyte of RAM. That compares with the A12 chip announced as part of the 2021 Apple TV last year and could be useful for additional gaming capabilities rolling out in tvOS 16.
In addition to this, Gurman revealed that a third-generation HomePod is also in the works. The new smart speaker, code-named B620, will feature the same S8 chip that is set to arrive in this year’s Apple Watch Series 8.
Furthermore, the device will be closer to the original HomePod rather than the HomePod mini in terms of its size and audio performance. More upgrades include an updated display on top and multi-touch functionality.
The model will apparently be closer to the original HomePod in terms of size and performance, and will feature an updated display on the top with “multi-touch functionality.”
In related news, references to an unreleased HomePod model were discovered earlier in June in the first beta of iOS 16. The unreleased HomePod is internally codenamed “AudioAccessory6”. As the current HomePod mini is labeled “AudioAccessory5” and the original HomePod is “AudioAccessory1”. The new accessory might be the next-generation HomePod model. The references did not include any additional details about the design or the functionality of the device.