In the latest update from Apple’s tech development front, the first developer beta of tvOS 17.4 has stirred intrigue with references to a possible new operating system, dubbed “homeOS”. This speculation arises from Apple’s habit of embedding clues about upcoming or yet-to-be-announced products in its developer betas.
These most recent discoveries fuel ongoing speculation about Apple’s plans for a home-focused operating system.
The term “homeOS” first surfaced in a series of job postings in mid-2021, listed alongside other established Apple operating systems such as iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The listings were later amended following media attention, but not before sparking curiosity about what homeOS could entail.
As of now, the specifics of homeOS’s functionality remain a mystery, but its name suggests a design tailored for in-home use. This development aligns with Apple’s existing foray into the smart home domain through HomeKit, the tech giant’s smart home framework.
The potential of homeOS could extend to a rebranding of software for future HomePod devices, which currently operate on a modified version of tvOS.
Adding to the anticipation, there have been rumors swirling about Apple introducing a new HomePod model featuring a seven-inch display, possibly serving as a smart home hub. Speculation also extends to the possibility of an Apple monitor doubling as a smart home display when not in use with a Mac.
However, without an official announcement at a major Apple event or the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the details and purpose of homeOS will likely remain speculative for the time being.