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Apple to Expand Smart-Home Lineup, Taking On Amazon and Google

  • An iPad-based device will offer smart-home controls and video
  • New Apple TV set-top box coming in 2024 with faster processor

Apple Inc. is working on a slate of devices aimed at challenging Inc. and Google in the smart-home market, including new displays and a faster TV set-top box, after relaunching its larger HomePod speaker.

The push into smart displays will start with a tablet product — essentially a low-end iPad — that can control things like thermostats and lights, show video and handle FaceTime chats, people with knowledge of the plans said. The product could be mounted on walls or elsewhere using magnetic fasteners, positioning it as more of a home gadget than a regular iPad.