The Apple TV 4K could one day be replaced by something totally new and different: a hybrid Apple TV and HomePod streaming device with a built-in camera for FaceTime.
That was the rumor circulating a few months ago and resurfaced in a new report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
According to Gurman’s information in a recent PowerOn newsletter, he expects “a device that combines a HomePod, Apple TV, and FaceTime camera… [that] will likely be central to Apple’s approach, with HomePod minis surrounding this throughout the house.
Gurman doesn’t say how soon we can expect the device to be revealed by Apple, but has mentioned this device in past reports and it looks like it’s still in the works.
If it sounds like a device you’ve seen before, it might be because you’re thinking Meta’s Facebook Portal TV, which lets you make calls through popular apps like Messenger and access social media services. streaming like Netflix.
From what we know so far, it looks a lot like what Gurman claims the next Apple TV device will look like.
Where there is an obvious difference between the two is on the audio side of things. The HomePod was known as a surprisingly solid speaker with a wide soundstage and good imaging. On the other hand, Portal devices use your TV’s audio rather than its own built-in speaker – which means the Apple device is likely to sound better.
Meta also doesn’t have much experience in streaming video or music – two areas that Apple has dominated for the past decade and for 20 years.
That’s not to say Apple’s device will be a surefire hit with the AV crowd – the camera will certainly have the most security-conscious among us concerned – but such a device has the potential to be an upgraded version of what Meta tried to do with Portal. If there is, of course.