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Apple expands smart home lineup: Upgraded TV box and lightweight smart display in development

Apple is poised to revolutionise smart homes with an upgraded Apple TV set-top-box featuring a built-in camera and a sleek, lightweight smart display in development.

| Updated on: Apr 08 2024, 17:03 IST
WWDC 2024 expected announcements: Apple could unveil iOS 18, AI upgrades and more
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1/5 WWDC 2024 location - Continuing the trend of yesteryears, WWDC 2024 will take place at Apple Park in Menlo, Cupertino, California, the home of the company since 2017. (Apple)
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2/5 WWDC 2024 announcements - Apple has already announced that the WWDC 2024 will showcase advancements in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and visionOS. It is also designed to help developers by providing them insight into several frameworks, tools, features and access to Apple experts. (Unsplash)
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3/5 iOS 18 - Despite not being confirmed, iOS 18 is pretty nailed on to be introduced at WWDC 2024, and it is likely to become one of the starring highlights. This is due to several AI upgrades that are in the pipeline. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says it could be one of the “biggest updates in iPhone's history”. Apple could unveil a Siri powered by Large Language Models (LLMs), whereas AI could be incorporated into apps like Music, Keynote, Pages, and even AppleCare. (Unsplash)
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4/5 Other software - In addition to iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15, watchOS 11, tvOS 18, and HomePod Software 18 are also likely to see the light of day. Moreover, Apple may also unveil visionOS 2, the software powering the Apple Vision Pro headset. (Unsplash)
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5/5 Mac Studio, Mac Pro and other devices - Like last year, Apple may take the wraps off its new generation of Mac devices including Mac Studio, Mac Pro and Mac Mini, all of which could be powered by the new M3 chip. The iPhone maker also unveiled a 15-inch MacBook Air last year but no unveil is likely this time as M3-powered MacBook Air was already launched earlier this month. (Unsplash)
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Apple ventures into smart home tech with upgraded Apple TV and sleek smart display in development. (Unsplash)

Apple is gearing up to broaden its horizons by venturing into the realm of smart home technology, reports suggest. Among the innovations on the horizon is an upgraded Apple TV set-top-box with an integrated camera, poised to revolutionise video conferencing through FaceTime. Additionally, whispers abound of a sleek "lightweight smart display" in the works, designed to seamlessly integrate into various spaces within the home.

Apple TV Set-Top-Box Upgrade

Mark Gurman's latest insights in the Power On newsletter from Bloomberg shed light on Apple's ambitious foray into three distinct categories. With the unveiling of the Apple Vision Pro, the tech juggernaut has already made strides in the mixed-reality headset domain, while speculation loomed over the now-defunct Apple Car potentially marking its debut in the electric vehicle arena. However, it's the prospect of Apple's penetration into the smart home sector that's causing the most buzz, with promises of an array of innovative appliances set to grace our living spaces in the near future.

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Of particular note in Gurman's dispatch is the anticipated enhancement of the Apple TV. Reports suggest a forthcoming iteration equipped with a built-in camera, primed to facilitate video calls and even offer gesture-controlled navigation. Integration with other Apple devices, including the iPhone and Vision Pro, hints at a seamless ecosystem offering diverse functionalities.

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Lightweight Smart Display in Development

Meanwhile, rumours of a "lightweight smart display" have piqued interest. Gurman envisions a device that can effortlessly transition between rooms, serving as a central hub for smart home management while being conveniently powered by strategically placed charging stations throughout the house. This dual-purpose functionality could potentially position Apple's offering as a formidable competitor to existing smart display solutions in the market.

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Although whispers of these innovations have sparked excitement among tech enthusiasts, Gurman is quick to caution that Apple's plans may still be subject to change. With the tech giant reportedly conducting small-scale test production for the smart display, the timeline for its potential release remains uncertain. As Apple continues to push the boundaries of innovation, only time will tell when these innovative devices will make their much-anticipated debut on the market.

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First Published Date: 08 Apr, 17:03 IST