Apple Smart Home Display: Everything We Know

Apple is working on a new Home accessory that is designed to serve as a central hub for smart home management. The Apple TV and the HomePod are already home hubs and almost all Apple devices can control a HomeKit setup, but Apple is designing an all-in-one home management product to make control even easier.

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This guide aggregates everything that we know about the Apple Home display product that's in development.

Design

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the display is going to look similar to an iPad. In fact, he described it as akin to a low-end ‌iPad‌, which suggests that it could resemble the entry-level 10th-generation ‌iPad‌. The device would be light weight and designed to be moved from room to room to be hooked up to different charging hubs.

We don't know concrete details about sizing, nor much about what kind of chargers Apple might design. A wall-mounted option would make the smart home device more integrated into the home than an ‌iPad‌, and it would provide a centralized spot for anyone inside the home to control ‌HomeKit‌ and Matter-connected products.

Right now, both ‌HomeKit‌ and Matter devices need to be controlled from an iPhone, ‌iPad‌, or Mac, and each person in the home needs to be individually invited to a ‌HomeKit‌ setup, which can be a hassle if there are guests in the house or for quick controls when an Apple device is not handy.

Presumably, two or more of the Home displays will be able to work with one another for use in separate rooms, similar to how the ‌HomePod‌ and ‌Apple TV‌ work now, but it also sounds like Apple may be expecting the device to move when needed.

Capabilities

In addition to being able to be used for smart home control purposes, the display could allow for streaming video and making FaceTime calls. It would have a built-in speaker, so it could also be some kind of ‌iPad‌ and ‌HomePod‌ hybrid device, which we've heard rumors about previously.

Competition

An Apple-designed smart home management product with an integrated display would compete with other smart home devices from companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. Facebook, for example, makes the Meta Portal, a device that can control Alexa-based products and that allows for video calls with friends and family.

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Amazon makes the Echo Show, a smart display with a speaker and a 10-inch display. It can be used for controlling smart home products, watching video, making calls, and more. Google offers the Nest Hub Max for streaming content, listening to music, and controlling products that integrate with the Google smart home system.

With almost all of Apple's major competitors offering an in-home device that is designed to serve as a hub for controlling smart home products and making calls, it's not hard to imagine a similar device from Apple.

Launch Date

Apple has launched a test production of the displays for the smart home hub, but the company has not yet made a decision on whether to actually bring the product to market.

Top Rated Comments

zorinlynx Avatar
16 months ago
A lot of us have older iPads sitting around that would be perfect for this if Apple would release an app that autolaunches on one and runs full time.
Score: 70 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brijazz Avatar
16 months ago
"Hey, should we fix up HomeKit and make it work more reliably?"

"Nah, let's just add another device to the mix that can tell us 'accessory not responding'."

"Deal."
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
betasp Avatar
16 months ago
It’s gonna be $349 and everyone’s gonna complain.

Save this for reference
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kytiger Avatar
16 months ago
I’m done investing in anything HomeKit related until they fix the mess they’ve already created.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
16 months ago
Ultimately I care more about the Operating Software and how well it will interact with other devices. This is what I want to see. Overall continuity!



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Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
16 months ago

A lot of us have older iPads sitting around that would be perfect for this if Apple would release an app that autolaunches on one and runs full time.
That’s what I was thinking.. Why not release an App or an Operating System that controls everything? Why do we need new hardware for this? When we already have iPads.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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