There are a variety of smart speakers in the market today. Some of them require a wired connection, while some of them can run on battery. Apple’s original HomePod (now discontinued) and the HomePod mini both require a wired connection, but it seems that at some point in time, Apple did consider making one that was battery-powered.
According to a report from Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter, he claims that a few years ago, Apple did consider making a battery-powered version of the HomePod. The report claims that Apple did have internal discussions about it and even made a prototype, but that obviously never came to pass.
As to whether or not we could see a battery-powered HomePod in the future, Gurman says that he would be surprised if one ever launches under the Apple brand. We’re not sure why Apple decided to go with a wired version of the HomePod mini instead of one that can be powered by battery.
After all, having one powered by a battery is pretty convenient as it does allow users to move it from room to room or wherever they need, especially since the HomePod can also double up as a speaker to play music. In any case, it’s hard to tell what Apple’s future plans are for the HomePod, but would you prefer one that was powered by a battery?