There is a possibility that Apple HomePod will get a big upgrade with its next-generation model as the company is working on a new generation model with an LCD display. A second-generation HomePod was introduced by Apple earlier this year, two years after the first generation was discontinued. As part of its smart home ecosystem, Apple sells the Apple HomePod and HomePod Mini smart speakers.

With the end of 2023 approaching, it appears Apple is preparing for the next-generation model. In addition to rumors of the next-gen HomePod model, we have now seen a prototype of what could be the next-generation Smart Home device.

An image of a HomePod with an LCD screen has surfaced on the internet, giving us a glimpse at the smart home product. A Twitter user known for collecting and sharing rare Apple product images and details, Kosutami, has shared some images of the HomePod with an LCD screen, confirming that this is indeed a real prototype.

According to the images, the HomePod device has a large LCD screen on top. The screen is also said to be touch-sensitive. Kosutami says these are samples of the upcoming HomePod 2 with the screen. Additionally, the prototype’s shell design resembles that of the 2nd generation HomePod, not the 1st generation.

According to 9to5mac, they verified the legitimacy of these images with their sources and learned more details about this HomePod. Apple is actively working on this upcoming model, codenamed B720. The prototype is currently in an advanced stage and could be released in the coming months. As of yet, there is no word on the launch.

Apple could be testing a number of prototypes in addition to the ones shown in the images for the time being.