Although HomePod has not been updated since its release in June 2017, it is believed that HomePod 2 may not be launched this year. According to the news from a well-known whistleblower @L0vetodream, he pointed out that there will only be HomePod mini this year, and there will be no HomePod 2 release.
It has been reported that Apple intends to launch a low-cost version of HomePod to expand the market share of smart speakers, but progress has been slow in recent years. However, there have been reports that HomePod mini is already in mass production. I believe it is likely to be Apple on October 13th. The press conference debuted.