Scant days before WWDC 2021, an Apple job listing references a potentially new homeOS operating system. If true, that could mean a new way of interacting with smart home devices through Apple's HomeKit platform.
The job listing (opens in new tab), which has since been changed, was noticed by Javier Lacort, who posted a screenshot of it to Twitter (opens in new tab). In it, the term "homeOS" is mentioned twice.
The original post read in part "You'll get to work with system engineers across Apple, learning the inner-workings of iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and homeOS, and optimizing the code for performance in ways only Apple can."
"The Apple Music Frameworks team owns the technology stack that enables the system-integrated Apple Music experience on all of our mobile platforms: iOS, watchOS, and homeOS."
Later, the first homeOS was changed to "HomePod," and the second to "tvOS."
🚨 Os traigo una novedad gracias al chivatazo de @JotaEle_: "homeOS" será el próximo sistema operativo de Apple según revela una oferta de empleo de la propia Apple. Lo considera "móvil".https://t.co/v4jv6mFljF pic.twitter.com/af2t9rBiFWJune 2, 2021
There's been much speculation on where Apple plans to take its smart home platform; in recent years, the company launched the $99 HomePod Mini, but discontinued the $249 HomePod. And, while there have been incremental improvements to HomeKit, it hasn't progressed as rapidly as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
That could be changing soon, as Apple could be working on a combined HomePod/AppleTV device with a camera for video calls, according to one Bloomberg report (opens in new tab).
Given that Apple recently released an all new Apple TV 4K — with a much better remote — there's a chance the company could be developing a smart display, more along the lines of the Amazon Echo Show or Google Nest Hub Max. A new OS would also make sense here, as its use case would be different from an Apple TV.
Considering that WWDC is Monday, June 7, we expect to learn a lot more soon. Here's how you can watch the WWDC 2021 keynote.