Apple expected to demo home automation via the iPhone at WWDC next week
Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off next week, on 2nd June in San Francisco. So far we don’t have much to go on about what will feature there. It’s expected that most time will be devoted to iOS8 and a few computer specification tweaks will be announced on the hardware side of things.
According to a report on the Financial Times today we might however see Apple’s first move to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT). A software platform is apparently being readied to turn your humble (or not so humble) iPhone into a device that controls your home’s lighting, security and other appliances.
It is thought that as you enter your home with your iPhone systems such as lighting, heating etc could automatically turn on. The Apple platform could help accelerate the development of new smart home devices which work with it – there’s plenty of ‘made for iPhone’ accessories born from earlier initiatives. The FT notes that Apple Stores already sell various smart home gadgets such as (Google’s) Nest thermostats, Dropcam wireless cameras, Philips Hue light bulbs and Belkin WeMo switches – all have an associated iPhone app to control them.
Google and Samsung are both conspicuous in having delved into home automation and associated devices so it’s not a big surprise to see Apple show its cards in this expected-to-boom industry.
With Apple’s reputation that its tech products ‘just work’ they could be particularly welcome for consumers who don’t want to struggle with complex configurations which could otherwise blight the multi-device connected home future.
Are you looking forward to a connected home? Will it require a new model iPhone with NFC and specially certified appliances to make everything work together seamlessly? Hopefully we will find out this and more in a week’s time.