Apple’s HomePod Firmware Reveals More Details on Smart Speaker: Developer

iOS developer Steve Troughton Smith is back at it again, this time diving deep into Apple’s HomePod smart speaker firmware, called “AudioAccessory1,1”.

Homepod soundboard

Here’s what he discovered:

  • HomePod runs a full iOS stack but without a screen
  • HomePod apps are prefixed with “Air”
  • HomePod runs on shell app named SoundBoard
  • HomePod will have Accessibility features, such as VoiceOver
  • HomePod shows up as an iPhone SE in the iTunes Store, oddly enough
  • No provisions for third party apps or extensions in the HomePod OS shell
  • Top LED area of HomePod appears to be an 32×32 LED matrix, suggesting further functionality could come