Code discovered on Apple’s backend by MacRumors confirms that Apple is indeed working on a long-discussed home accessory, alongside the HomePod and Apple TV.

HomePod G4 Feature
The code refers to a device with the identifier “HomeAccessory17,1”, which is a new identifier category. The name is similar to the ‌HomePod‌’s “AudioAccessory” identifier.

Interestingly, the 17.1 in the identifier name suggests that this device could be getting Apple’s upcoming A18 chip, which will be used in all four iPhone 16 models later this year. With the A18 chip, the HomeAccessory device would be powered by Apple Intelligence.

The code also indicates that this “home accessory” will run a software variant of tvOS, just like the ‌HomePod‌. Earlier this year, MacRumors Evidence found of Apple’s work on homeOS, which could be the firmware running on this device.

Along similar lines, the code also references two unreleased ‌Apple TV‌ models with the identifiers AppleTV14,4 and AppleTV14,5. Rumors suggest that an updated ‌Apple TV‌ could launch in 2024.

Apple is expected to announce new iPhones, iPads, and possibly other products in September.

(Thanks Nicolás Alvarez!)

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