What you need to know
- Apple is reportedly working on "new speakers with screens and cameras."
- Such devices aren't expected to launch imminently.
Apple is working on "new speakers with screens and cameras" according to a new report. However, the same report says that we shouldn't expect anything to be announced imminently, however.
With Apple said to have temperature and humidity sensors hitten inside the current HomePod mini it's thought that Apple is continuing to look at ways its smart speakers could do more than play music. Part of that could be to display information on a screen while also offering video calling via FaceTime, for example.
Apple has been rumored to have a new Apple TV in the works for a long time now with an announcement even suggested for this week. Regardless, it's the return of a larger HomePod-type device that will set tongues wagging. Google already offers similar products, as does Amazon via its Echo lineup.
There are tons of options around but these are some of the best smart speakers on the market today. Apple has plenty to compete with whether it ads a screen and camera or not.
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Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.