Apple might have a new HomePod for us soon, but is anyone excited for it?

The HomePod 2 has been teased once again for a 2023 launch, but even with the nitty gritty on the ground, we’re not convinced this speaker will be any better than its failed predecessor.

Apple’s attempt to make one of its best smart speakers, the original HomePod, was an impressive device. It has amazing sound quality, an attractive design, and a decent voice assistant; But its high price seemed to put many people off, and after only three years on sale it was discontinued. The HomePod mini has been discontinued, but you’d be forgiven for not knowing it existed, as Apple doesn’t seem to mention it very often.

That could all change in 2023, however Bloomberg Mark Gorman (Opens in a new tab) — who has a great track record when it comes to Apple leaks — claiming that the new HomePod should be “fairly close.”

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HomePod mini: Not gone, forgotten (Image credit: Apple)

However, while the imminent launch of an Apple product always brings with it an air of excitement, we can’t help but feel that the HomePod 2 is destined to be another disappointment for the tech giant.

HomePod 2 problem

One of the main advantages that the new HomePod is expected to have over the original device is the more competitive price. When the first HomePod launched, it was priced at $349 / £319 / AU$499, which is more expensive than its competitors’ more luxurious offerings, such as the $229 / £219 / AU$349 Google Nest Hub Max and $199.99 / AU$189.99 £ / AU $329 Amazon Echo Studio.

Google Nest Hub Max

Google’s best smart speaker (Google Nest Hub Max) has a screen (Image credit: Google)

However, even if it’s priced in line with other premium smart speakers, it’s probably around $200 / £200 / AU$300 out of a lot of people’s budgets. On top of that, the HomePod 2 will also be a tough sell when pitted against Amazon and Google’s much cheaper devices – speakers that run at $50 / £50 / AU$80 (or even less when they’re on sale).

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