Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be planning to introduce a platform that will control almost everything in a home from security systems to connected appliances with the help of an iPhone or iPad, a report in the Financial Times noted. The iPhone maker is also developing CarPlay, and if rumors are right then there will be a wearable from the company as well, which indicates that Apple is about to go on a roll. This year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is going to be interesting one.
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The report in the Financial Times noted that the system will be similar to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s “Made for iPhone” program, complying with official third-party software so that the smart home component makers will have to make minimal software changes to adapt to the ecosystem.
With smart homes becoming popular, and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) making efforts to make devices its epicenter, iPhone and iPad fans will also get the opportunity to buy iOS devices such as the Apple TV box, an updated version of which would be launched by the fall of this year. The Cupertino, Calif based company has also entered into a dialogue with smart home product makers, who will be authorized to work with the upcoming new system which should available in retail stores relatively soon.
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Prior to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) entry into the sector, international companies like LG and Samsung had showcased similar smart home platforms at consumer electronics shows, which according to TechCrunch will impact start-ups like SmartThings. However, giants like Apple, LG and Samsung would customize entire homes with their devices and services.
Although there have been some developments in the smart home concept, the technology is really just at the preliminary stage. For instance, Hue LED bulbs, which can change color and are controlled by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad or iPhone. Until now, individual products could not be connected together to fit in different contexts. But if the smart home control system is integrated into a phone, then it becomes easier to control.
A greater degree of automation means that the users might be able to use voice commands to control various functions. The phone could also be used to switch lights off and on in a home.