Unreleased HomePod With LCD Display Allegedly Shown in Images [Update]

Update:Kosutami has since revealed that the LcdUTest app shown on the HomePod's display has been superimposed and doesn't exist in the original picture, but the LCD display panel shown on the HomePod is real.


Apple is rumored to be developing a new HomePod with a screen, and new images shared online allegedly give us a first glimpse of the new smart speaker.

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The above image appears to show a HomePod similar in size to the second-generation HomePod that was launched earlier this year, but with what appears to be a functioning LCD display on the top.

The image was shared by device collector and leaker known as "Kosutami," who has previously shared accurate pre-release information about Apple's FineWoven accessories, various prototypes such as the MagSafe chargers and AirPods in different color options, and more.

Earlier in the day, Kosutami also shared images of component parts allegedly belonging to a prototype HomePod that features a large touch screen sensor at the top, with a much larger area than the current HomePod panel.

Separately, 9to5Mac claims to have verified the legitimacy of these images with its own sources, and says that the prototype, codenamed B720, is a new product being actively worked on by Apple, rather than something that the company has experimented with in the past.

According to 9to5Mac, the LcdUTest app shown on the assembled HomePod's display panel is an internal app used by engineers to test the new display. The outlet says that code in tvOS 17 suggests that Apple Music and Apple Podcasts are the first apps being rewritten to be compatible with the new display, which will show a blurred animation based on the colors of the album art when a song or podcast is playing. The screen could also potentially show important notifications.


Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman was first to suggest in 2021 that Apple is working on new HomePods with displays and cameras. Earlier this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple plans to release a redesigned HomePod with a 7-inch display in the first half of 2024.

In the long term, Apple is believed to be rethinking its smart home strategy, and is working on a combined Apple TV and HomePod device, as well as a HomePod with a screen mounted on a robotic arm, according to a Gurman.

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Top Rated Comments

tlab Avatar
8 months ago
Er, how is this any different from the existing lcd display that shows the Siri visualisations?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bozzykid Avatar
8 months ago

Er, how is this any different from the existing lcd display that shows the Siri visualisations?
This one would let Apple charge more seems to be the biggest difference. I'm not sure who is sitting around looking at the top of a HomePod.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
abatabia Avatar
8 months ago
I’m definitely curious about this. Hopefully by then they also fix the endless endless HomePod and HomeKit bugs.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DHagan4755 Avatar
8 months ago
Judging the photos, I'm not sure if this makes the HomePod all that much better. Maybe marginally better? The display looks washed out and not that bright. Granted this is a prototype but still...
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
midwesthawkeye Avatar
8 months ago
I INHERITED 2 of the original Home Pods when an audiophile, good friend of mine passed away. I found them to be the most CLOSED piece of hardware I had ever seen. ONLY wanted to play music if it was 100% on the goddamn internet. NO ability to act like a bluetooth speaker. Power cable WELDED to the damn enclosure. It was like I had a SONY product in my hands. I sold them immediately on eBay.

Great hardware that is TIED to being used only in certain ways is garbage to me.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ZZ Bottom Avatar
8 months ago

This one would let Apple charge more seems to be the biggest difference. I'm not sure who is setting around looking at the top of a HomePod.
I for one am looking forward to leaning forward to watch movies on that epic screen.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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