Apple’s current presence in the smart home department is too limited. Currently, the Cupertino company only manufactures Apple TV and HomePods. These are quite lacking compared to smart displays, security cameras, and sensitive devices from other companies. Nevertheless, the fruit brand company continues to work on smart home devices. A new report says it’s readying a kitchen speaker/iPad hybrid device. However, we might not taste it until it finishes cooking in about a year.
In his To light up newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman shared some of Apple’s potential smart home plans. Gurman thinks Apple is currently working on at least four models of smart home devices. However, he points out that not all will see the light of day. Most big companies test different prototypes that don’t always reach consumers, and that’s part of the process.
When it comes to HomePods, Mark thinks a higher-end model is most likely coming. Its size would be closer to that of the original model, discontinued, rather than that of the Mini. Additionally, Apple may be working on the second-generation model of the HomePod Mini that it currently sells.
In a previous report, we learned that Apple may be working on a living room smart device. It’s rumored to combine an Apple TV, camera, and HomePod. Whispers also mentions its potential support for FaceTime audio and video calls. Gurman now says this device could launch in late 2023 or early 2024.
Finally, within the aforementioned timeframe, Apple could also launch its smart kitchen appliance. If the rumors were true, this device could feature a large touchscreen and a decent speaker. Given the kitchen etiquette, we’d assume it’s for those who want to view recipes or watch videos while cooking.
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Source: Bloomberg’s Power On Bulletin