Apple might need discontinued the unique, full-size HomePod sensible speaker, however the firm is continuous so as to add new performance to it. The most recent one depends on you additionally shopping for the brand new, second-generation Apple TV 4K, nevertheless. In case you personal each merchandise, there’s now built-in assist for HDMI ARC and eARC, which lets the HomePod play audio from different units plugged into your TV — not simply an Apple TV streaming field. Gaming consoles ought to work; similar goes for Blu-ray gamers and even one other streaming gadget.
I haven’t examined this but, so I can’t communicate to any latency points that might negate its enchantment for gaming, nevertheless it’s good to see the HomePod gaining new tips even after Apple has formally introduced an finish to gross sales of the product. (You possibly can nonetheless discover them at retailers together with Apple itself.)
This continued evolution of house theater options can be a touch that Apple might have extra audio system within the pipeline. Bloomberg reported final month that the corporate is within the early phases of improvement on a product that mixes an Apple TV, speaker, and digicam. For now, the $99 HomePod Mini stands because the lone sensible speaker that Apple is actively advertising. Sadly, that machine doesn’t assist the brand new audio return channel function described above.