Apple is reportedly working on some new device options for your smart home, including an Apple TV combination with a HomePod speaker and a built-in video chat camera, according to Bloomberg. It is also said to work on a smart speaker that basically combines a HomePod with an iPad, providing something similar to Amazon's Echo Show or Google's Nest Hub in functionality.
The Apple TV / HomePod hybrid device will still be connected to a TV for outputting video and will offer similar access to all video and gaming services provided by the current Apple TV, while the speaker component will provide sound output, music playback and integration. Siri. It will also include a built-in camera for using video conferencing applications on the TV itself, the report says.
This second device will look more like the existing smart projection aids on the market at the moment, with an iPad screen that provides built-in visuals. The project could include attaching the iPad via a "robotic arm," according to Bloomberg, which would allow it to move to accommodate a moving user, with the ability to keep it framed during chat sessions via video.
Bloomberg does not provide specific timelines for the release of any of these potential products as they appear to be still in development, which means that Apple could easily abandon these smart devices depending on the evaluation of their capabilities. Apple recently discontinued the release of the original HomePod its $ 300 smart speaker that debuted in 2018.
The rumors also refer to a renewed Apple TV that will be released sometime this year, which should have a faster processor and an updated remote control. It could also bring many hardware improvements.
Source of information: techcrunch.com