Apple Seen Making Smart Home Move at WWDC
In news that could shake the home automation and home control worlds to their very foundations, Apple is reportedly planning a move into home automation, to be announced at the upcoming World Wide Developers’ Conference.
The Financial Times reported over the holiday weekend, citing “people familiar with the matter,” that Apple plans to announce “a new software platform that would turn the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances.”
The new system, in whatever form it takes, will compete with the newly Google-owned Nest products, as well as Samsung’s recent push. And of course, the entire home-control industry’s products have been controllable from Apple devices for the last several years. They may now find themselves in direct competition with Cupertino:
Apple’s integrated system will make it easier to set up and control new “smart home” devices. For example, a home’s lights might automatically come on when the owner enters the house, using their iPhone to wirelessly signal their arrival. Such a system was outlined in an Apple patent filing, published in November last year.
The Financial Times was the same publication that reported on Apple’s proposed deal to purchase Beats. The Apple/Beats deal has still not been officially announced, but an unveiling is also rumored to take place at the WWDC next week.