The Future of the HomePod
Although we know that Apple is working on a powerful new HomePod that will probably take it well beyond just being a smart speaker, it’s likely still a year or two away, so we really weren’t expecting to see a new product announced at WWDC.
That said, however, Apple was very quiet about its plans in this area, being careful not even to drop the slightest hint as to where things may be going.
The company naturally avoided any mention at all of the now-discontinued original HomePod — despite the fact that it’s required for one of the best features of the new Apple TV 4K.
Instead, Apple mentioned in passing that Apple TV 4K users will soon be able to use the HomePod mini as default speakers, while also coyly omitting the fact that these smaller speakers can’t provide true Home Theatre Audio with Dolby Atmos support.