With rumors rife that Apple is working on a new HomePod with a screen and a camera, a new report claims that the company has also added FaceTime and iMessage frameworks to the software that runs on current HomePods.
The news, found in the latest tvOS 14.5 beta and shared by MacRumors, might add further weight to Bloomberg’s claims that Apple is working on at least one smart speaker that will include a display and camera.
The addition of the frameworks to tvOS might seem odd, but it’s actually the software that Apple bases its HomePod software on nowadays. Previously, HomePod used a modified version of iOS.
You might be wondering what tvOS code has to do with the HomePod, but in April 2020 Apple began using tvOS as the basis for the software that runs on the HomePod rather than iOS. watchOS, tvOS, and the software that runs on the HomePod are all variants of iOS, but each one is differentiated by the device the software is intended to run on with unique interfaces, APIs, and more.
There’s no indication when we can expect HomePods to make use of these frameworks but it’s likely we’ll need new hardware before it happens.
Bloomberg notes that a hardware release with a screen and camera shouldn’t be considered imminent, however.
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