The current version of HomePod doesn’t have a true display, but Apple is developing ways that it could provide visual feedback to the user without any need to implement a screen. Specifically, the patent details a system that could see LEDs woven into a future HomePod’s fabric.
These LEDs would work alongside gesture controls to allow a user to “navigate” certain capabilities. But they could also serve as a more generalized “screen” for HomePod — displaying a clock or even certain symbols to represent current weather conditions. And some of the symbols it could display have to do with the mood of the user, as we’ll see in the following slides.