The HomePod was announced in 2017, but since then Apple’s smart speaker has never become so popular – which ended up with the HomePod mini replacing the original model. However, it seems that Apple has not given up on HomePod because the company has now hired a new head of HomePod software.
According to a Bloomberg In the report, which was heard by sources familiar with the subject, Apple hired an Afrooz Family engineer to lead the HomePod software team. The family previously worked at Apple, between 2012 and 2016, but he left the company to co-founder audio starter Syng.
As we mentioned last year, Syng has hired several other former Apple employees to work on new products for the home audio market, which basically means competition from the HomePod. Since Syng was not part of the deal, Family left the startup and returned to Apple.
The manufacturer of the iPhone invites Afrooz Family to run the business, say people who know the thing. The family worked at Apple from 2012 to 2016, before founding audio startup Syng with former Apple industrial designer Christopher Stringer. The family left the startup earlier this year after helping develop the company’s product, Cell Alpha.
At Apple, Afrooz Family was responsible for working on some popular sound technologies for the company’s products, including Spatial Audio and HomePod’s spatial awareness system.
Although the HomePod is a smart speaker, Apple first targeted it as a high-quality speaker. However, due to the high price and few smart features compared to competitors, the HomePod never became a hit. Earlier this year, Apple officially discontinued the HomePod. The company says it has now redirected efforts to the HomePod mini, which was introduced in 2020 with a more affordable price.
According to rumors, Apple is still working on new models of HomePod, which include a version placed between the HomePod mini and the original HomePod. Bloomberg it also reported that Apple is developing a set-top box that combines Apple TV software and a HomePod speaker into one device.
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