Earlier this month, Apple discontinued the Beats Pill +, its latest battery-powered speaker. Following this news, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has revealed that Apple once internally discussed and prototyped a battery-powered smart speaker.

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In the latest edition of his Switch on newsletter, Gurman said that while Apple prototyped a battery-powered smart speaker years ago, he would be surprised if one ever launches under the Apple brand. So far, the HomePod mini is the only smart speaker that Apple sells, and it needs to be connected to a power source to work at all times.

Gurman covered a few other topics in his newsletter this week, including Apple's long-rumored AR / VR headset, which he again said will have the same level as the M1 Pro chip in the new MacBook Pro and can be priced over $ 2,000. when it is published.

Gurman also supported one MacRygter report claiming that Hyundai's luxury brand Genesis plans to support Apple's digital car key feature, which lets users lock, unlock and start their vehicles using a passport stored in the Wallet app on the iPhone or Apple Watch. The feature has been limited to select BMW models since its launch in 2020, but Gurman said Genesis plans to roll out support for the feature this summer.

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