FaceTime on mint mobileSource: iMore

What you need to know

  • Apple reportedly added a FaceTime framework to tvOS and HomePod as a result.
  • There are new rumors that a HomePod with a screen and camera is being worked on.

Amid rumors that Apple is working on a HomePod with a screen and camera, a new report notes that Apple has also added a FaceTime framework to tvOS. That, as a result, also means that it can be used by future HomePods.

As reported by MacRumors, the inclusion of a FaceTime framework as well as new AVFCapture framework to tvOS 14.5 means that a future HomePod could also make use of them. Apple's HomePods now use a version of tvOS, rather than 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.

Apple recently discontinued its full-size HomePod, leaving HomePod mini as the only surviving smart speaker. The arrival of a new smart speaker with a screen and camera could explain why HomePod was killed off, and these new framework developments just add further fuel to that particular fire. A HomePod of some sort with support for FaceTime could be a killer feature for Apple.

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