Kotsutami, who describes themselves as one who “collect [sic] everything Apple” and has posted prototypes in the past, posted on X what they say is a prototype of the next HomePod. It has “different glass” for the display at the top, which could mean Apple will implement a touchscreen.
9to5Mac says they have sources that verify Kotsutami’s pictures as legitimate, and they provide a few more details. They report that the codename of the HomePod is B720, and that Apple is using a version of tvOS with rewritten Apple Music and Podcasts apps that are suited to the display of the prototype HomePod. The display could show colors based on the album art while audio is playing, and notifications can appear.
If Apple continues developing this HomePod, it will be the first major development since its release earlier this year. But it’s not the HomePod with a screen that a lot of users are hoping for. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported in March that, “Apple will unveil a redesigned HomePod featuring a 7-inch panel in 1H24, and while Kuo has a decent track record, nothing else has been reported about such a device.