Apple reportedly wants to turn the iPad into a smart display with a new dock

Apple is working on a dock for the iPad that would allow the device to function as a smart display and speaker, according to a report. The company reportedly plans on introducing the capability as soon as next year, converting the iPad into an Amazon Echo Show-like device that you can set atop a counter or nightstand. Even Google announced a docking accessory for its upcoming Pixel Tablet, which is supposed to serve as both a magnetic charging station and speaker. Once the tablet’s in place, it’ll function like a Nest Hub Max, letting you control your smart home through the Home app. An iPad docking station could work similarly, potentially letting users make calls through FaceTime and gain hands-free control of smart home devices. The company is working on other devices in the smart home space, including an updated version of the HomePod that could have an updated display, an S8 chip, and multi-touch functionality. While we’re not expecting the docking station yet, Apple’s poised to launch the iPad Pro, which is rumoured to come with 11-inch and 12.9-inch variations, as well as with Apple’s in-house M2 chip.