Apple HomePod manufacturer sees facial recognition eventually coming to smart speakers
According to Arthur Liao, an analyst at Taipei-based Fubon Securities, supply-chain data suggests that Apple will make 4 million units of the HomePod for 2018. The analyst, however, isn't sure that there will be demand for that many units. Liao also predicts that Apple will ship 20 million AirPods this year, rising 50% to 30 million units next year. Inventec Appliances also manufacturers the wireless Bluetooth powered ear buds. The latest speculation has China's Luxshare Precision Industry also producing AirPods for Apple next year, while Foxconn will be joining the team building the HomePod.
As for when we might see a HomePod with 3D-sensing capabilities, Yuanta Investment Consulting analyst Jeff Pu predicts that a HomePod with 3D sensing could hit the market by 2019.