When it comes to smart home devices, Apple lacks a strong product portfolio, which also explains the low market share compared to Amazon. However, the company is keen to step up its efforts in the smart home devices segment. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple is working on two devices – One combines the Apple TV box with a speaker, the other is essentially a smart display that combines an iPad with a HomePod speaker.
“The company is working on a product that will combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker, and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected television and other smart home features, according to those familiar with the matter.” identify when internal matters are discussed. “
The report adds that the Apple TV-HomePod hybrid will also come with a camera that allows video calls through the connected TV, something like the portal TV set from Facebook. Of course, watching video content and playing games will serve its real purpose as well. However, it is unclear whether 4K resolution will be supported and whether Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certifications are also part of the package.
Apple is reportedly working on an Apple TV 4K upgrade that will include 120Hz support.
Apple is also reportedly working on a smart display. And as expected, this should combine an iPad with a HomePod speaker. While the category isn’t new, there is one notable feature – the topic tracking. Thanks to a robotic arm that connects the screen and speaker parts of the device, the device can follow the users in the room. Amazon already has a device on the shelf called the Echo Show 10 that automatically adjusts the angle by following movements.
However, both products are in the early stages of development and it is possible that they will either be canceled or the final product will look very different from what is described above. It’s also unclear whether Apple will modify the original HomePod speaker – the one that is no longer available – or whether it will come with new speaker hardware. We first heard of Apple working on a smart display last month, but it is said to be a little bit far from an official launch.
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