On Monday, Apple kicked off WWDC21 with a keynote. There was a lot of talk about iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and macOS. A lot was also shown, for example the integration of new HomeKit features in the smart home. TvOS was not really named or given a presentation. Although there will be an upgrade of the operating system for the Apple TV in autumn 2021, it was not really addressed. Since the operating system also runs on the HomePod or HomePod mini and Apple is increasingly taking care of smart home applications anyway, the question arises: Should tvOS become homeOS?
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Apple homeOS instead of tvOS - a logical step in the OS evolution
Spin-offs and renaming of operating systems are not new to Apple. With the Mac, the journey went from “Mac OS” and “Macintosh System Software” to “Mac OS” again to “Mac OS X” and finally to “macOS”. Two years ago Apple also announced the separation of the new iPadOS from iOS in order to be able to give the tablet more or different features than the smartphone. A new or renamed operating system for the home, i.e. a homeOS, would not only be conceivable, but also logical. The idea didn't come from me, but from José Adorno, the at 9to5Mac writes about it.
In his contribution, José Adorno writes that shortly before the World Wide Developers Conference 2021, Apple published a “mysterious 'homeOS' job posting”. He also cites as an indication that during the keynote on Monday there was hardly any talk about tvOS and new features of Apple TV were only shown in connection with other devices or technologies. "It's almost like Apple forgot that they just updated the Apple TV 4K hardware just last month", he writes. Only at the end of the keynote was tvOS mentioned in a list of the new operating systems. So it remains for another year.
7 features coming to Apple TV 15K with tvOS 4
- SharePlay: Watch films, series and other content such as streams or videos while being connected to others who are watching the same via FaceTime
- For All of You: The Apple TV app suggests the kind of content that everyone in a household might like for movie nights together
- Shared with You: Films and series that have been recommended via news (with a link) are collected in a separate area
- Spacial Audio: Cinema audio via headphones is possible through the use of AirPods Pro or AirPods Max
- Smart AirPods Routing: A notification that can be used to pair AirPods detected nearby
- Extension for HomeKit cameras: Monitor multiple cameras in or on the house at the same time and control smart home devices near the selected camera
- Room-filling stereo sound: two HomePod mini devices can be used as speakers in front of the television or the screen, for example
That speaks in favor of converting tvOS to homeOS
The Apple TV set-top box could serve as a bridge, which it is basically already doing now. With tvOS 15, there are new functions for camera surveillance and smart home control on the box. In addition, with “Shared with You” you can enjoy content at home that has been recommended to you while you are out and about. So it should invite you to arrive and feel good in the smart home. So I completely understand why José Adorno argues in the direction of homeOS with 9to5Mac. how do you see it? Feel free to leave a comment!
Here is more information about the content of Apple's WWDC21 keynote:
- WWDC21 Keynote Summary: New Systems, No Hardware
- Is my iPhone compatible with iOS 15?
- Is my Mac compatible with macOS Monterey?
- Is my Apple Watch compatible with watchOS 8?
- Is my iPad compatible with iPadOS 15?
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.