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Apple may debut ‘smart home’ platform for iOS at WWDC

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Smart home technology is gaining popularity among consumers, and Apple is apparently paying attention.

Apple may reveal details of a new software platform specifically for smart home technology at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the Financial Times reported today. That means Apple devices would more seamlessly be able to control various processes within a home, such as lighting, temperature/thermostats, smoke alarms, security monitoring, and more.


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You might be saying to yourself, “I can already do most of these things from my iPhone right now,” but the new platform would seek to give you control in one central location so you wouldn’t have to juggle a handful of third-party apps. For instance, I could change the settings for my Phillips Hue lighting system from a new dashboard built into (presumably the next version of) iOS rather than having to go to the Hue iOS app.

The FT report likens Apple’s strategy to some of its other less publicized projects, including its iBeacons support and its CarPlay platform.

An iOS-integrated smart home platform would make a lot of sense, if only to recapture some of the initial excitement people used to get when Apple first debuted the iPhone. It could also provide a way to further jumpstart the connected-home services market — with more third-party developers building apps to control your home via iOS.

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Gerard O\'Driscoll
Gerard O\'Driscoll

In this Smart/Digital Home space for 20 Years and its about time we see some real technical muscle in this space. Bring on the likes of Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung and so on…..Gerard, aka Smart Homes Rock God! (HomeMentors.com)……..

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Edel Gonzalez
Edel Gonzalez

Daniel Ortiz Parra Jasper Andrew Lim hahaha remember what I was talking about? The project I wanted to do?

Richard Carman
Richard Carman

I love my Apple products, but I'm not holding my breath... their ability to wow us has been significantly depleted since Steve has gone!!! :(

Renata McGriff
Renata McGriff

Naturally, since you disappeared him the night Dre announced he was joining Apple!

Brandon Pines
Brandon Pines

Systems like revolv try to do this already with major products. Apple can make this work only if they have an SDK that mature products like Vera can utilize. Also existing cameras, sensors, and thermostats need to seem lesson integrate. Also needs to have all radios as well a BLE. If it can do all that it will be a hit.

David Smith
David Smith

Wow you have to pay all the extra money just so you don't have to switch from app to app on your iPad/ tablet. First world problems

Ken Traub
Ken Traub

Only apple approved light bulbs will work, vaccum cleaner bags must be purchased at an apple store.

Of course the all familiar three prong plug will be replaced by the new 26 pin apple/ul approved plug.


You do know Steve jobs invented electric and apple is now suing Thomas Edison for infringement.

Moritz von Grotthuss
Moritz von Grotthuss

www.pipesbox.de is delivering just the same but ADDITIONALLY connecting the HW via all relevant Wireless interfaces. Why would I want one App that only controls Wlan-devices?

Aaron Lucas
Aaron Lucas

Apple's platform is so closed to any personal touches or open platform like Google/Android. Chances are this would be no different. You may have to sync your entire house to iTunes! And heaven forbid if someone else had an apple product and walks into your house!! It'll wipe their phone and sync too lol

Yasmine Clarke
Yasmine Clarke

This has us more excited about WWDC than announcing Dr. Dre has joined Apple... Why??

Shawlin Kawasaki
Shawlin Kawasaki

its more than obvious things are getting smarter, LG had this smartlight now Apple thinks better and different and wants to manage the whole home. I'd prefer Apple to LG. I wouldnt like samsumg chineses watching me cook

Divye Kapoor
Divye Kapoor

Nikhil Srivastava: Thought you would find this interesting.