Apple reportedly developing an Apple TV with a built-in camera and speaker

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Apple is reportedly developing a new TV accessory that combines elements of its Apple TV with a HomePod speaker and camera for video calls.

Alongside it, Apple is also said to be working on a smart speaker with a display, similar to Amazon’s Echo Show or Google’s Net Hub. Development of both devices is said to be in its early stages, with plans subject to change.

They announced TV accessory would have the hardware to fulfill a variety of roles. As a TV accessory it could offer access to games and the streaming video services supported by Apple TV today, while its built-in speaker would likely be an upgrade over those found in most TV sets, similar to Roku’s soundbars.

It would also support HomePod features like music playback and Siri voice assistant controls, much like the Sonos Beam offers with Alexa and Google Assistant. The camera would let it serve as a video calling device like a Facebook Portal TV. It is potentially a lot of functionality in a single Apple device.

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