With the reasonable price point (compared to other high end smart speakers) and the seamless integration I see an updated version as a good thing.
It signals an investment in HomeKit and steps towards overall improvements.
Sure the old one went out of style quick. But it was too early for the game, it didn’t have enough of the right features and it was priced too high for mainstream adoption. With all the HomePod Minis out there now this will be a nice addition in a single main shared space.