There’s macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS. How about homeOS, signaling a ramping up of Apple’s smart home ambitions?

That is one take-home from a new Apple Music job posting, spotted online, which references a hitherto-unannounced mobile operating system called homeOS. While Apple has had its HomeKit smart home platform since 2014, this has — to date — been a part of iOS/iPadOS, rather than its own fully fledged operating system. That may be soon to change.

The job listing is for a Senior iOS Engineer. It was posted by Apple on May 25, 2021. The ad doesn’t elaborate on what exactly homeOS will comprise of; instead simply noting that it’s a mobile platform belonging to Apple.

What is homeOS?

One possibility that make sense is that it could simply be a rebranding of HomeKit. Another, related option is that it shows that Apple’s seriously bolstering its smart home ambitions. Apple has, as noted, been working in this domain for a few years now, offering support for Internet of Things devices via the iPhone and other gadgets. But, to date, it’s not leaned into the smart home quite as heavily as it could.

Recently, there was a report that Apple is working on some new smart home hub devices, that could blend HomePod, Apple TV, a camera and screen, and some new home automation tech. According to rumors, this is still in its early stages as a product — therefore making it unlikely to be the sole reason for homeOS being created. However, the two things together could signal broader interest in this area.

Interestingly, Microsoft had a smart home platform called HomeOS dating back to 2010. If Apple nonetheless decides to go ahead with its own homeOS, this could be reminiscent of Apple’s brief skirmish with Cisco, from which it “borrowed” the names iPhone and iOS back in the day.

What are your expectations for homeOS? Will we hear about it at next week’s WWDC? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Via: Apple Insider