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Bloomberg: Apple Increasing Hiring for Team Working on New HomeKit Devices Beyond HomePod

Apple is ramping up hiring for a team working on new HomeKit-based devices and software, having posted at least 15 openings for engineering positions on the team in the last month, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.


The report claims the efforts are headed by Andreas Gal, the former CTO of Mozilla who joined Apple last year following the iPhone maker's acquisition of Silk Labs, an artificial intelligence startup that had created a privacy-focused security camera and smart home hub system.

Details are vague, but one possibility is said to be new smart home devices beyond the HomePod speaker. Apple is also said to have explored creating a wide range of smart home accessories, such as modules for opening and closing windows, cabinets, and doors, but those efforts were reportedly put on hold.

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3 weeks ago
I would like to see a return of Wifi routers, maybe one with HomeKit hubs integrated so we don't need hubs from other brands.
Rating: 13 Votes
3 weeks ago
This story seems to be based on nothing more than a job listings on Apple’s website and then Gurman trying to infer what those job listings mean and turn it into a scoop/story.
Rating: 8 Votes
3 weeks ago
About time
Rating: 6 Votes
3 weeks ago
great. perhaps they will consider making routers again!
Rating: 4 Votes
3 weeks ago


About time

They usually hope they can trust developers to support their platforms if they give them the tools to do so. When they realize they won’t do it, they do it themselves and the developers come running to complete once Apple is highly successfully doing what they asked them to do for years.
Rating: 4 Votes
3 weeks ago
I would love to buy first party HomeKit devices from Apple. Really looking forward to them.
Rating: 4 Votes
3 weeks ago
They should just build a wifi router into HomePod etc. Perhaps MESH, but with all ease from the old airports etc, and all current standards WPA3, WiFi 6 etc.
Rating: 4 Votes
3 weeks ago


I would like to see a return of Wifi routers, maybe one with HomeKit hubs integrated so we don't need hubs from other brands.

God I hope so. My AirPort Extreme is at the end of its life and I’d love to replace it with a WiFi 6 tri-band successor from Apple.
Rating: 3 Votes
3 weeks ago

I don't see Apple releasing their own smart lightbulbs and kitchen appliances, if that's what you are suggesting. Their attention and resources is way too limited and precious to waste on endeavours like this which can easily be outsourced to a third party.


True. They should waste time making more tv shows instead.
Rating: 3 Votes
3 weeks ago
Apple, you should have hired this team about 2 years ago, you dummies.

Yours truly, an AAPL shareholder since BEFORE Steve Jobs returned to Apple.

(and yes, I still hold those shares, plus however much they multiplied-splitted)
Rating: 2 Votes

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