SAN FRANCISCO ― After relaunching its larger HomePod speaker, Apple is now working on a smart home lineup.
Apple Inc is working on a slate of devices aimed at challenging Amazon.com Inc and Google in the smart-home market, including new displays and a faster TV set-top box, after relaunching its larger HomePod speaker.
The category will include smart displays and a faster TV set-top box. The company is likely to start off with a low-end iPad that can control thermostats, lights and handle Facetime chats.
With the help of magnetic fasteners, these products could be set up on walls or other locations to make them home gadgets. As a move to accommodate and control more products, Apple has also redesigned the Home app.
As per Bloomberg, the company has agreed to support the new Matter protocol. Through Matter Protocol, Apple will be able to work with its competitors.
As of now, Apple has been struggling in the smart home market. However, the new range of products in the category will give competition to Google and Amazon.
Apple rolled out the new HomePod speaker. The $299 device is revamped version of the original, running the same chip as last year’s Apple Watch.
It has an updated media panel on the top and a new sensor for determining the temperature inside of a user’s home. Bloomberg reported that the new speaker was imminent earlier this year.
The temperature monitor first appeared in the HomePod mini in 2021, though it wasn’t yet functional at the time.