Apple is working on a gadget that will be a smart speaker and set-top box at the same time.
The new device will combine a smart speaker on the type of HomePod and set-top box Apple TV. The device will have a display, with which users will be able to communicate through video chatting via FaceTime. The company is also working on a speaker HomePod with an integrated screen.
Revealing plans of the company, Gurman said that Apple operates according to the strategy of releasing a large number of different devices and accessories for home and office. The expert noted that the release of smart gadget with a display is justified by the fact that similar products are gaining popularity in the world, and the American IT-giant intends to impose competition on the market.
In the same report, Mark Gurman said that before the end of the year, the company will introduce an update to the AirPods wireless headphones. In early 2022, Apple will release second-generation AirPods Pro, which should get sensors to track fitness and activity.
At a presentation in October, Apple unveiled the HomePod Mini compact smart speaker. The original HomePod smart speaker was released in 2017, and the speaker went on sale in January 2018.
Earlier, Bloomberg sources said that by the end of the year Apple intends to switch all its computers from Intel processors to chips of its own production. The company also planned to release a series of professional Mac Pro computers with processors with 20 and 40 cores.