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Apple job listing leaks new 'homeOS' operating system [Update]

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What you need to know

  • An Apple job listing appears to contain a reference to an unannounced 'homeOS' operating system.
  • The post is for a Senior iOS Engineer working on Apple Music.
  • It could signal Apple is planning to rebrand its smart home platform.

Update, June 2 (5:30 pm ET): Apple has removed references to 'homeOS' from the job listing this article is based on.

A job listing at Apple for a Senior iOS Engineer for Apple Music contains a reference to an unannounced 'homeOS' platform.

The post was spotted by developer JotaEle Díaz:

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The listing states:

Are you passionate about Music? The Apple Music team is looking for stellar software engineers to create awesome listening experiences for our over 1 billion active users. Our team enjoys a tremendous impact — we are one of the first applications on every new Apple platform, and our app is often featured in Keynotes and in marketing materials. The experiences you enable are sure to be tweeted and blogged about all over the internet. You'll get to work with system engineers across Apple, learning the inner-workings of iOS, watchOS, tvOS and homeOS, and optimizing your code for performance in ways only Apple can. Come join our team and make a real difference for music lovers worldwide.

With WWDC just around the corner, it could signal Apple is planning to release either a new homeOS operating system or perhaps it is rebranding its current smart home offerings under an umbrella term. WWDC seems like the perfect place to announce such a move, so we shouldn't have too long to wait and find out.

Last week a job listing revealed Apple is exploring means of alternative payment methods on its platform including the use of cryptocurrency.

Apple will hold its WWDC developer conference starting on June 7 with its traditional opening keynote. It is expected to announce new rounds of all its major operating systems including iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12, the name of which may already have been revealed.

Update, June 2 (5:30 pm ET) — Apple has removed references to 'homeOS' from the job listing this article is based on.

As reported by AppleInsider, Apple has removed references to 'homeOS' from the job listing (opens in new tab) that it was originally found in.

Now, there's no way to tell if Apple removed references to 'homeOS' because it was a harmless mixup OR if it was actually a mistaken leak for a new operating system that the company plans to reveal at WWDC next week. There's only a handful of days left so, if it is a mistaken leak, we'll find out for sure next Monday!

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.