Latest tvOS beta again points to a new touchscreen device


An artist’s rendition of a HomePod with a display

Continuing rumors that Apple will launch a new home device have been further backed up by the discovery of a hidden touchscreen interface in tvOS 18 beta 3.

Now in tvOS 18 developer beta 3, there is a hidden interface reportedly called PlasterBoard. It’s a system interface, like the iPhone’s SpringBoard, and significantly it is for a touchscreen.

That addition of a lock screen, plus the fact that it appears designed for touch, does suggest a new device is coming. Then, too, HomePods already run on a version of tvOS so it does appear to fit that a new model of that will come with a screen.

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