Before the WWDC conference in June, a job posting from Apple mentioned “homeOS”, which aroused people’s interest that Apple will announce some important home-based operating systems at the conference. Although this situation has not been realized, “homeOS”, an Apple operating system that has never been heard of so far, continues to appear in the company’s recruitment information.
In June, the recruitment information for “homeOS” appeared in a senior iOS engineer position on the Apple Music team. The initial job description was: “You will work with Apple’s system engineers to learn the internal workings of iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and homeOS…” Soon after the term “homeOS” became the headlines, Apple Edited the description and replaced homeOS with HomePod.
Now, a few months later, a new wording about homeOS appeared in similar job postings. A similar iOS engineering position for the Apple Music team released on October 12, including the “homeOS” that appeared in the June job posting. The position is based in San Diego and is also posted on Apple’s regional website, all mentioning “homeOS”.
Apple currently has two family-based central operating systems, audioOS for HomePod and tvOS for Apple TV. audioOS is based on tvOS, but there are still differences in the names between the two.
As part of its long-term strategy and future product plans, the “homeOS” operating system will help to better unify the company’s products for families into one operating system, but this is still entirely speculation.
Given that “homeOS” appears again in another job posting, we can think that this is what Apple has already thought of, but it hasn’t been made public yet. In addition, “homeOS” may be a name used internally by Apple, or it may never become a public-facing software platform name.