FaceTime Could Make its Way to HomePod and Apple TV, Hints iOS 14.5 Beta
According to MacRumors, Apple has added its FaceTime framework to tvOS, as found in the 14.5 beta. The discover was spotted by @SteveMoster, the site’s contributor.
Moser was looking through tvOS 14.5 beta code and found “Apple has added FaceTime and iMessage frameworks, along with a new AVFCapture framework related to capturing images.”
Back in April of last year, Apple switched to tvOS for HomePod instead of iOS. This means theoretically FaceTime could make its way to tvOS, either in a future HomePod or Apple TV.
According to Mark Gurman from Bloomberg, an earlier report hinted at Apple working on a smart speaker with display and camera, plus ongoing development of an Apple TV refresh.
While Apple’s HomePod and HomePod mini can already leverage FaceTime audio, the code found by Moser is different from other code related to latter, so Apple may be trying to finally debut a smart speaker with a display and camera, to catch up to the likes of Google and Amazon.