Apple Hires a Major new Industrial Design Team Member, is Preparing to Resurrect the HomePod and Introduce more M2 Macs later this Year+
According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and confirmed by LinkedIn, Apple has hired Peter Riering-Czekalla to be a part of Apple’s Industrial Design Team. He comes to Apple from Molekule, where he was their Chief Design Officer. The company made the Air Pro and Air Mini air purifiers. Below is a video from Molekule with Peter Riering-Czekalla.
Below is a video from Molekule with Peter Riering-Czekalla.
Gurman further noted in his weekly newsletter that Apple was preparing to resurrect the HomePod speaker that will look and sound similar to its original 2018 model, According to The HomePod would be powered by a new S8 chip with a slightly updated display on the top of the speaker that may include multi-touch functionality. For context, the HomePod mini features an S5 chip, suggesting the new model will come with more processing power. Presumably, Apple also plans to price the speaker more competitively than it did the 2018 model.
Gurman sources have also predicted new M2 Macs beyond those announced at WWDC22:
- an M2 Mac mini.
- an M2 Pro Mac mini.
- M2 Pro and M2 Max 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
- the M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme Mac Pro.
As for Apple's future MR Headset, Gurman sources pointed to the possibility that it would be powered by an M2 processor with 16 gigabytes of RAM. For more on this, read Mark Gurman's Power On newsletter.