John Prosser, a leak with an uneven track record, suggests that the expected HomePod mini and next-generation Apple TV will both be able to track your home, thanks to the Ultra WideBand (UWB) features.
He suggests that this will enable a number of possibilities …
The HomePod mini and the new Apple TV will both serve as UWB base stations
- Will accurately track your location as you enter the house with other U1 devices.
- Use info for media controls, brightness / volume control and door lock.
Turn regular hardware into HomeKit hardware.
The last sentence seems to be a reference to devices such as Apple Watches and iPhones being turned into more powerful HomeKit devices thanks to their known location. This could mean, for example, that locks and lights can be activated by HomeKit scenes far more accurately than is possible through presence detection.
Processes also suggest that home-based devices can act as a kind of security system.
Can also be used in the Find My app when you are away from home to notify you if any of your devices have been moved in or taken from your home.
Finally, he indicates that they will increase AR functionality.
Base stations like the HomePod mini and Apple TV are a very smart Trojan horse from Apple that will enable AR features in the Find My App in your home. Next level stuff.
Processes have been correct on some predictions, but these mostly apply to dates: which products will be announced on which date. Some of these tweets have been earlier the same day. He has been correct on some product details, such as the name of the new iPhone SE and the fact that a new iMac did not get a redesign.
However, his failed predictions include the AirTags launch on September 1
A possible scenario to explain his hits and misses would be that he has a source involved in website updates (who wants to know dates and some details, but not necessarily information about the products themselves), supplemented with guesses about what seems likely.
The idea itself is not unreasonable – it seems likely that Apple will include UWB chips in most / all new products – but we will not necessarily see this tweet as evidence.
The evidence for the upcoming launch of a HomePod mini is much stronger, supported by two leaks with good track records. It is said to cost only $ 99 and measure in at 3.3 inches.
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