The unannounced homeOS has again popped up in an Apple job listing

iPhone and HomePod
iPhone and HomePod (Image credit: Joseph Keller/iMore)

What you need to know

  • A new Apple job listing mentions the unannounced homeOS software.
  • A job listing earlier this year also mentioned the same software.

A new Apple job posting appears to have once again outed the unannounced homeOS software. The name homeOS first appeared in a similar posting earlier this year — with Apple later removing all mention of it.

The job in question this time is for a senior iOS UI engineer associated with Apple Music. The full summary, first seen by MacRumors, currently reads:

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.

It was thought initially that the first homeOS outing was a mistake, but its appearance a number of months later does suggest that the term is at least one being used internally at Apple. Whether we'll see a product ship with homeOS installed isn't clear — Apple Tvs run tvOS and HomePods run a modified version of iOS, for example. Could that all change with a future homeOS taking over?

All eyes will now be on that job listing to see if homeOS goes missing once again. I sure hope not, there's no doubt that homeOS is the best alternative HomePod software name yet and it definitely fits well with Apple's smarthome initiative and HomeKit tools.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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.