The Financial Times is reporting that Apple are once again working to integrate Smart Home technology into the iPhone.
Apple already has a raft of relevant tech at their disposal. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, CarPlay and iBeacon plus rumours that the next iPhone will also feature near-field communication (NFC).
With millions of homes already having Apple’s iOS iPhone / iPad touchscreens, WiFi access points, Apple TV’s and cloud services, many of the components for a home automation system are already in place. It seems a natural progression for the company to move into the smart home market.
Apple is readying a new software platform that would turn the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances, as part of a move into the “internet of things”.
Apple stores already sell smart home hardware like the Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue, but until now these have been disjointed ‘islands’ with companies like Revolv trying to work around the issue by creating multi-system hubs.
In this new system it is rumoured that vendors will be able to offer certified compatible hardware similar to the existing ‘Made for iPhone’ program, perhaps guaranteeing a level of interoperability. In addition these certified units could offer more security, something that’s becoming more of an issue as smart home systems become more sophisticated
While we don’t agree with the FT’s premise that “the smart home market is still in its very early days”, we do concur with their thoughts on Apple entering this space. Their ‘just works’ ethos, emphasis on design and particularly user experience, coupled with their existing user-base and huge industry sway may just be the ideal ingredients to make the smart home main stream.
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