With less than a week to go for Apple’s WorldWide Developer Conference, where it is expected to iOS 8, Financial Times reports that Apple is also planning to unveil a new software platform for ‘Smart Home’ at the event.
Financial Times reports:
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 plans to take on rivals Google and Samsung and make a “big play” in the world of smart home technology at its Worldwide Developer Conference on June 2 in San Francisco, according to people familiar with the matter.
The report claims that Apple’s integrated system will make it easier to set up and control smart home devices. For example: it could allow users to automatically turn on the lights using the iPhone when they enter the house.
The move is also seen as a way to compete with Google which recently bought Nest Labs, the makers of internet connected thermostats and smoke alarms, which is seen as its move into the “internet of things”. The report notes the smart home platform that allows users to control other domestic devices will increase the stickiness of Apple’s ecosystem.
The report also claims that Apple is in talks with device makers so that they can add support for the new software platform. It will be similar to the “Made for iPhone” label, given to compatible headphones, speakers and other accessories, but with a new brand and logo.
Apple is likely to highlight privacy protection built into its smart home system, as one of the key advantages over Google, which came under fire last week after a regulatory filing revealed the company was preparing to serve ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches.
The report also indicates that Apple could use NFC technology for its smart home platform. There have been rumors and speculations that indicate NFC will be built into iPhone 6 for its mobile payment system.
Apple is widely expected to unveil iOS 8 at the WWDC Keynote on June 2nd, which include a number of new features and improvements such as all-new Healthbook app, improved Maps app with improved points-of-interest data, public transit directions in select cities, augmented reality and indoor mapping, all-new Preview and TextEdit apps to make it easier to access documents in iCloud, inter-app communication capabilities, a new Tips app, standalone app for iTunes Radio, improved Notification and lots more.
Let me know what you think about the possibility of Apple launching an iOS controlled home automation platform in the comments below. I wonder what Apple will call it. Any guesses?