What’s Apple working on? Mystery device pops up at the FCC

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What's Apple working on? Mystery device pops up at the FCC

A mysterious, never before seen Apple device has shown up at the FCC. Documents reveal very little about what this device does or what it looks like but here’s what we know.

The FCC documents point to this being a "wireless device," which includes radios for NFC and Bluetooth. Notably absent is any mention of Wi-Fi, which is odd. The model number is listed as A1844, which doesn’t line up with any existing Apple product line.

The only physical clues we get are two Torx screws on a chassis with slightly rounded corners. Apple specifically requested that the FCC remove any diagrams, electrical schematics and even technical description about its device. However, photos of the device will be available to the public 180 days after the grant of equipment authorization.

Cue the rumor mill

Some have speculated that the device could be an updated version of the Apple TV, possibly with 4K and HDR support, something the fourth-generation Apple TV lacked. However, MacRumors notes it’s uncharacteristic of Apple to include regulatory text etched onto the back of a consumer device, which includes a wiring guide.

Others have speculated that the device could be Apple’s Siri-enabled speaker, though a lack of Wi-Fi doesn’t make sense. Other speculations include the existence of a new AirPort Extreme networking device, though why it needs NFC, I don’t know.

Last but not least, there’s always a possibility that the device is for Apple’s internal use only. Having NFC and Bluetooth makes sense for payments and iBeacon technology, which allows mobile phones to interact with signals from the real world. For example, customers walking into target would get a notification on their phone about items currently on sale.

Without more information, the FCC filings will likely remain a mystery as they don’t reveal much at all about the device.

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