Apple is working on a new TV accessory that incorporates elements of its Apple TV with a HomePod speaker and camera for video calls.
The company is said to be developing a smart speaker with a monitor, close to Amazon’s Echo Show or Google’s Nest Hub. Both devices are said to be in the early stages of development, with plans subject to change.
As a TV accessory, it could provide access to games and streaming video services currently supported by Apple TV, although its built-in speaker, similar to Roku’s soundbars, will likely be an improvement over those found in most TV sets.
It will also support HomePod features such as music playback and Siri voice assistant commands, similar to the Sonos Beam’s Alexa and Google Assistant support. Finally, the camera would allow it to be used for video calls.
The second gadget is a smart display that combines iPad and HomePod functionality. This computer, like the TV accessory, will provide video chat capabilities, but via its built-in screen rather than a connected TV.
The features provided by the two rumored devices will be much wider than Apple’s current smart home devices, which have focused on one or two main areas.