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Apple HomePod leak suggests a full touchscreen display model is coming, but all I want is next-gen Siri

The rumor mill has as soon as once more lurched into motion relating to an upcoming Apple HomePod with full touchscreen. On this new leak (shared by X person @Kosutami_Ito), an alleged half picture seems to point out a brand new, larger HomePod show prime plate – sure, the place the present waveform swirling orb lives. 

There isn’t any level of reference to estimate the round display screen’s precise measurement, however the tipster says it exhibits a “shiny” HomePod with show, codenamed B720.

This is not the primary we have heard of an Apple good display-enhanced HomePod, thoughts you. Again in October 2023, a leak posted by a KotsutamiSan (an X deal with that appears to be no extra, though it sounds remarkably just like Kotsutami_Ito, writer of the most recent leak) additionally referenced a B720 HomePod with a much bigger touchscreen which could be able to displaying pictures – of album covers, say.

Simply over a 12 months in the past in March 2023, the revered Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted a HomePod with a show would land sooner or later in 2024.

And the story goes again even additional, to February 2022, when Siri allegedly began slipping up by mentioning a HomePod show of some variety – and let’s not neglect, that was lengthy earlier than the HomePod 2 arrived, in January 2023.

‘Siri, we have to discuss’

An iPhone on a blue background showing the Siri logo

Look, I do not suppose there’s something fallacious with Apple’s good audio system design-wise – I liked the unique HomePod’s dimensions and configuration. Greater than that although, I liked the way in which it sounded. And I liked the swirling, nearly haunted vibes from the distinctive top-plate; no notes there.

It is no secret that I additionally liked the Apple HomePod Mini; an aesthetic however cheap (for Apple) replace that sounded far larger than it had any enterprise being, with a driver that sonically nonetheless leaves Amazon’s Echo Dot (fifth Gen) for mud.

The factor is, it is also no secret that Apple’s voice assistant (initially built-in into the iPhone 4S approach again in October 2011, after beginning out as an app for iOS in February 2010) is lagging behind. TechRadar’s personal senior information editor, Mark Wilson, lately lamented “Siri is actually horrible”, and regardless of his optimism about its rumored iOS 18 reboot (due September 2024), he isn’t alone in voicing this opinion.

Siri was largely left behind in Apple’s most up-to-date WWDC 2023 occasion, with the once-pioneering vocal subordinate’s large ‘replace’ being… a shortening of the wake-up phrase from ‘Hey Siri’ to ‘Siri’. Wow. It is simple to suppose that Apple merely not cares about Siri.

The issue as I see it has nothing to do with how spectacular a much bigger, extra fully-featured display screen on an Apple speaker could be. The problem is that an Apple HomePod with the present model of Siri at its core cannot compete with the perfect good audio system within the enterprise in 2024. Since April 2023, we have bemoaned the truth that Siri is being left behind – and Apple is aware of it.

However wait! All will not be misplaced; firstly of the month, Apple researchers revealed an AI breakthrough that might make Siri a lot smarter. The brand new paper (entitled ‘ReALM: Reference Decision As Language Modeling’) comprises intel from Apple on how the Cupertino large’s personal AI system will intention to contemplate each what’s in your gadget’s display screen and the duties you are performing concurrently (each within the foreground and the background) as stimuli to reply to your queries.

In case your HomePod can perceive the context and the direct request, Apple thinks that’ll give its AI an edge. May this cease it from taking part in the highest 25 hits on Apple Music after I say, “Siri, play me a superb track” (and as a substitute think about the genres of music I truly like)? Or, may it imply that if I say “Siri, play the hits” it will play the precise hits, relatively than the Backstreet Boys 2001 album that additionally occurs to be known as The Hits? We stay in hope…


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