Although Apple’s first-gen HomePod is still zero some-more than a wink in Jony Ive’s eye, a new news from Nikkei suggests that Apple is already operative on a next-gen HomePod, with some really sold features.
In particular, a second era HomePod could come with a camera and Apple’s new Face ID technology, that usually usually done a approach into a lineup with a iPhone X.
Nikkei‘s income quote comes from David Ho, a boss of Inventec Appliances, that produces a HomePod and AirPods for Apple:
“We see trends that engineers are conceptualizing intelligent speakers that will not usually come with voice approval though also incorporate facilities such as facial and picture recognition,” President David Ho told reporters after a company’s gain conference.
“Such AI-related facilities are set to make people’s lives some-more available and to make a product easier to use.”
Nikkei also quotes analysts who contend that Ho was articulate privately about a HomePod. Jeff Pu, an researcher with Yuanta Investment Consulting, also told Nikkei that “Apple could hurl out HomePods with 3D-sensing cameras in 2019.”
No-one is jealous that Apple could put facial approval into a HomePod; a bigger doubt is because it would even wish to. On a iPhone (and, soon, a iPad) Face ID is an authentication complement that’s some-more available than entering a passcode. But a HomePod is a speaker, and people don’t routinely close speakers to start with.
Sure, there are some applications we can dream up: a HomePod could use Face ID to brand opposite users and customize responses and commands to a individual. Even improved would be an ability to commend if some-more than one chairman is in a room, and tailor sold notifications (say, not reading out supportive emails) formed on who you’re with.
But does any of that need a bespoke 3-D depth-sensing camera, rather than usually a microphone and simple webcam? Who knows.