A reference to “homeOS” in an Apple job description ahead of WWDC in June sparked speculation that Apple would reveal a substantial home operating system at the conference. While nothing came of it, allusions to “homeOS”, an Apple operating system that had never been heard of before, continue to appear in the job postings.
Now, a few months later, new mentions of homeOS have appeared in similar job postings. A similar iOS engineer role on the Apple Music team, released on October 12, includes the same mention of “homeOS” that was in the job posting back in June. The role, based in San Diego, is also posted on regional Apple sites, all marked “homeOS”.
In June, the “homeOS” job list appeared for a senior iOS engineer role on the Apple Music team. The initial job description said, “You will be working with systems engineers at Apple, learning the inner workings of iOS, watchOS, tvOS and homeOS…” Shortly after the “homeOS” endorsement hit the big time. titles, Apple has changed the description to replace homeOS with HomePod.
Apple currently has two central home operating systems, audioOS for HomePod and tvOS for Apple TV. audioOS is based on tvOS, but the two are still distinguished by name.
Considering that “homeOS” has appeared again in another job posting, odds are it’s something Apple has thought of but just hasn’t been released to the public yet. Alternatively, “homeOS” could be a name used by Apple internally, and could never be a publicly available software platform name. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment.
As part of its longer-term strategy and future product plans, a “homeOS” operating system would help better unify the company’s home offering into a single operating system, but this remains entirely speculative.
Summary of the news:
- Apple again mentions a new “homeOS” in a job posting
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