TARLAKENYO (Jan. 19, 2023) — Apple is developing an iPad-like smart home gadget to compete with Google’s Nest Hub and Amazon’s Echo Show. It would allegedly be “basically a low-end iPad” that would function as a hub to manage security, lighting, and thermostats while supporting FaceTime calls. It may be used more as a hub-style device for the house than a typical iPad, put on walls with magnetic clips.
Although there are no further specifics, the business has previously addressed creating intelligent home monitors larger than iPads. At the earliest, the innovative home goods would be available in 2024.
Apple smart display rumors have appeared in the past. According to a story from last August, there were four smart home products in the company’s laboratories, including a kitchen attachment that paired an iPad and a speaker.
According to reports, Apple is also developing a new Apple TV model that will debut in the first half of 2024. The design would be the same but will feature a quicker processor.
Apple has ignored chiefly a potentially profitable market sector for touchscreen smart home products. The Echo Show smart display is available from Amazon in several models, ranging from about $30 for the Echo Show 8 to $250 for the Echo Show 15. The Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max are available from Google for $100 and $229, respectively.
Yesterday, Apple released a significant upgrade for its family of smart homes. A new $300 version of its bigger HomePad, discontinued last year, was introduced after introducing new MacBook Pro and Mac mini versions. It has upgrades, including better audio, an S7 processor, cheaper pricing, and additional smart home capabilities. These include an integrated temperature and humidity sensor, as well as Sound Recognition, which keeps an eye out for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and alerts your iPhone when one is detected.