Apple just unveiled its latest smart speaker earlier today, but the company has much grander plans for the smart home, a new report suggests. According to the ubiquitous “people who know the plans,” Apple is developing a line of devices that will allow it to better compete with Google and Amazon in this space.
The upcoming push will start with a smart display, essentially a low-end iPad that you can mount on a wall or elsewhere with a “magnetic fastener.” This will be able to control your smart home products like thermostats and lights, play videos, and handle FaceTime chats.
Google’s Nest Hub
will exist because countertop and wall-mounted devices like this are clearly gaining in popularity, with Amazon and the Echo Show and Google and its Nest Hub already offering similar products on the market. Apple’s smart display is said to be coming next year.
Apple may also be considering a “main stand” for the current iPad. Larger smart home displays have also been discussed internally at Apple, but it appears no decision has been made on whether to launch any.
New Apple HomePod
The Apple TV is said to be even faster. The next iteration of the processor will arrive in the first half of next year and will retain the same design as the current model. A device that combines an Apple TV set-top box with a smart speaker and a FaceTime camera is also in the works, but the project has encountered various setbacks — the final product was initially slated for release this year, but it’s unclear when it will be available.