What We Know About Apple's Smart Home Display

Cupertino, August 11, 2023

Apple is currently developing a new Home accessory that will function as a central hub for smart home management. While the Apple TV and HomePod already serve as home hubs, Apple is working on an all-in-one product to simplify operation. This guide compiles all the available information about the upcoming Apple Home display.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the display will resemble an iPad, potentially resembling the entry-level 10th generation iPad. Specific details about its dimensions are unknown, but it will feature magnetic fasteners to attach it to walls and objects. This mounted design will seamlessly integrate the display into the home, offering a centralized control point for HomeKit and Matter-connected products. Currently, HomeKit and Matter devices can only be controlled from iPhones, iPads, or Macs, and each person in the home needs to be individually invited to a HomeKit setup. The Home display is expected to solve these issues, enabling quick and hassle-free operation when Apple devices are not readily available. Multiple Home displays will likely be able to work together in separate rooms, similar to how HomePod and Apple TV function.

The Home display will not only function as a smart home control panel but will also support video streaming and FaceTime calls. It may even feature built-in speakers, making it a hybrid between an iPad and HomePod. This aligns with previous rumors about such a device.

In terms of competition, an Apple-designed display with integrated smart home management capabilities could rival similar devices from Facebook, Amazon, and Google. For instance, Facebook offers the Meta Portal, which controls Alexa-based products and enables video calls. Amazon provides the Echo Show, a smart display with a speaker and 10-inch screen used for controlling smart home products, watching videos, and making calls. Google offers the Nest Hub Max for streaming content, music playback, and controlling Google-integrated smart home devices. Given that Apple's major competitors already have home devices serving as control hubs and communication tools, it's likely that Apple will release a similar device.

While a 2024 launch date for the smart home display has been targeted by Apple, the specific release timing within that year remains unknown.

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