A HomePod with special skills + Tim Cook’s VR power play [The CultCast]

A HomePod with special skills + Tim Cook’s VR power play [The CultCast]

AI-generated image of a HomePod smart speaker with an embedded display.

No, the next-gen HomePod won’t be like this. AI can’t do everything! (At least not yet.)
Photo: Midjourney/Cult of Mac

This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: That old rumor about a HomePod with a built-in display for FaceTime calls and smart-home wizardry is resurfacing. But this time, some new details make Erfon more excited than usual about Apple’s smart speaker.

Also on The CultCast:

  • It looks like Tim Cook has made a power move on Apple’s design team to ensure the company foists an expensive AR/VR headset to the masses sooner rather than later. Who’s excited? Show of hands?!?
  • Apple TV+ racks up another Oscar, and Erfon is almost intrigued enough to re-subscribe. (Especially if his “get three months free” trick works again.)
  • The baton is now waving at Apple Music Classical. We were all shaking with excitement!

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This week’s top Apple news

On this week’s show: Your host Erfon Elijah (@erfon) and Cult of Mac managing editor Lewis Wallace (@lewiswallace).

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EasieSelfe is a versatile selfie stick, tripod and camera remote.
EasieSelfie is a versatile selfie stick, tripod and camera remote.
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