If you’re hoping for a New Apple TV, your prayers may be answered in the end and then there’s something.
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is working on a flagship smart home device that will make an Apple TV, a HomePod and a camera together. This is the smart home trifle.
The details are few and far between, though it will be a SoundBar-type device that delivers audio from your TV when packed into Apple TV’s streaming smartphones.
This is not a new idea – the Roku StreamBar has already done double duty as an effort on Amazon’s FireTV. We’re all for less clutter on our consoles so it’s already a winner in our eyes.
The non-still unnamed device (we thought it had a great ring on the Homebar) could have Siri on board for voice control and thus compete with high-end audio products like the Sonos Arc and Sonos Beam.
Both of these SoundBars can work with Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control on your television and smart home devices, as well as Apple AirPlay 2 offering for multi-room music playback.
Additionally, the Apple Gadget, which is not guaranteed, can come with a camera on board so you can do a Facebook portal FaceTime on your TV. And it can potentially help you work up a sweat with Apple Fitness.
Of course, the streaming speaker will be the HomeKit hub – just like the current Apple TV.
But most importantly, we’re assuming that a device like this will have a thread-radio on board (currently only available on the HomePod Mini), so our new CHIP-enabled smart home will be ready for the future, whenever it finally.
With the death of the big HomePod earlier this year, Apple needs higher-edge speakers in its arsenal and a SoundBar makes a lot of sense, as it doubles as a music streamer as well as enhances your TV and movie-watching audio experience.
As for the Apple TV, the original streamer hasn’t been updated in about 4 years, and those of us who are still stuck with that awful, slippery little Apple TV remote will tell you – it’s time to refresh.
Integrating HomeKit with the current Apple TV is also a bit fun. While you can see HomeKit cameras on it, there is nothing else you can do to control your home with the largest screen in your home.
According to Bloomberg, Apple merged its HomePod and Apple TV engineering teams last year, so the combined product makes a lot of money.
But wait. There are more. Bloomberg also reported that Apple is working on a “high-speaker with touch-screen” alongside the line of Nest Hub Max and Echo Show 10.
Will it combine an iPad and a homepad – a homepad? – Portal provider for video chat with iPad camera. It may even be able to follow you in a robotic arm, the report said.
A homepod with a screen has been on many smart home wish lists for years now, but with the introduction of the iPad and iPhone in homekit-powered homes, we think it could be overkill.
“Homebar” makes more sense, and could probably be a better quality prop than an iPad and homepod combined, which could easily give a watch at 600.
There are no details yet about pricing or release date, these products only belong to the state of rumor mill. But check out this place for any updates.
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