Apple HomePod will have 272x340 screen and 1 GB of RAM, according to firmware teardown

Apple HomePod will have 272x340 screen and 1 GB of RAM, according to firmware teardown

Apple's HomePod firmware was recently torn down by a number of people across the internet, leading to some further details on the iPhone 8. Lost in the sauce of all this was some interesting information about the HomePod itself. 

According to a firmware teardown by Twitter user Avery Magnotti, it seems the A8-toting device will also carry 1 GB of RAM, double that of the Google Home and quadruple the Amazon Echo. But if it's just a basic input/output device, what does it need that RAM for? It seems likely that this amount of RAM may aid in the expansion of Siri, as well as potential support for smaller apps. To what extent these "apps" may be supported is unclear, as is what they may offer over the traditional voice-assistant "skills." It would be hard to justify 1 GB of RAM for much else, though.

As for the 272x340 screen, this is the same size as the display used in the 38mm Apple Watch. This serves as the projector for the lights on top of the HomePod, which can also display shapes and symbols, though, we can't help but think that the appearance of devices like the Echo Show may have Apple thinking about a display that does more in the next generation.

Apple's HomePod was announced in June of this year at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Retailing for $349.99, the device is slated for a December launch, and hopes to raise the bar in acoustics as well as set a name or itself in the field of speaker-assistants.

This firmware teardown has been a gift that keeps on giving. We'll be sure to bring you further information if more comes to light.

sources: Apple Insider

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7 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The HomePod should have the shape of an... well, an Apple with a bite taken away from it. Sounds legit.

5. aegislash

Posts: 1446; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

While I do think the actual HomePod design is great...this honestly sounds like a genius, even better dea. Why didn't Apple think of this?!

2. SyCo87

Posts: 285; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

I could have sworn the term "lost in the sauce" essentially means you're "whipped".

3. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Reinventing how we listen to music....the others will follow.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This thing isn't reinventing anything.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6835; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Siri has a long way to go. It still isn't even context aware. So it's so called AI sucks compared to the competition. However I like the little display. But Amazon already has the Amazon show with a much larger display. Google's home can already display things on the users TV, and with more types of output coming to the Chromecast in the future. So more like Apple has to copy the competition.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I wonder how the HomePod's end of life would look like. Apple Sierra not responding to question or request!? No EOL at all... Hopefully but doubtful.

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