Apple Has Been Working On A Docking Accessory That Will Turn the iPad Into a Smart Home Display

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Apple Has Been Working On A Docking Accessory That Will Turn the iPad Into a Smart Home Display

Apple has been working on a docking accessory for the iPad that lets customers turn the device into a smart home display, similar to Google’s approach with the Pixel Tablet.

During Google’s last event, Google announced it would offer a charging speaker dock that magnetically attaches to the back of the upcoming Pixel Tablet, essentially turning it into a smart home display like the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. Gurman said today that he expects Apple to bring similar functionality to the ‘iPad’ next year via a docking accessory that will be sold separately, while the company is working on a standalone product for the home that combines a display and smart speaker.

Writing in his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman said:

I was told that Apple is working to bring similar functionality to the iPad as soon as 2023. I reported last year that Apple was exploring a standalone device that combines the iPad with a speaker hub. The idea is to offer something that users can place on their kitchen counter, in the living room, or on their bedside table. But Apple has also been working on an iPad docking accessory that can be sold separately and will do much of the same thing.

The iPad‌ docking accessory allows users using iPad‌ to control various functions in their home via the Home app, make FaceTime calls using the iPad‌ front camera with Center Stage, and more.

Compared to Google and Amazon, Apple has kept a low profile with products for the home, releasing only the HomePod min in October 2020 before discontinuing the original HomePod in March 2021. The new full-sized HomePod is one of the few products Apple hopes to release in 2023. According to Rumor has it that the new full-sized HomePod will retain the same design as the original smart speaker but feature faster performance and possibly a new look.

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