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Apple Said to Be Developing Smart Home Products for HomeKit Integration

HomeKit-iconFollowing a report from The Information yesterday claiming that Apple is building hardware to work with the new HomeKit home automation standard announced for iOS 8, a follow-up report from 9to5Mac is making similar claims.

Details on the devices under consideration are scant, although the company is said to be beyond the exploratory stage of product development. Apple already sells one household product in the form of the Apple TV, which Macworld's Chris Breen argues is the logical hub for HomeKit, but Apple's smart home ambitions allegedly extend beyond the living room.
The sources say that Apple is unlikely to move forward with devices to compete directly with Google’s Nest as the Cupertino-company feels it can build products that can gain usage wider than that of thermostats and smoke detectors. It is likely that Apple is building advanced speaker systems or control panels for homes, the sources say. It is possible that Apple’s recent acquisition of Beats Electronics and the audio company’s existing speaker systems play into this vision.
While Apple is expected to expand its product lineup with the iWatch, perhaps a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air and possibly a revamped Apple TV this year, the company's HomeKit-integrated hardware is thought to be further down the roadmap in Apple's future product lineup.

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25 weeks ago
My house is ready.
Rating: 20 Votes
25 weeks ago
Can you imagine how difficult it must be to stay silent when the world is accusing you of a lack of innovation, a lack of ability to create new products, etc, when you know what your company is working on.
Rating: 7 Votes
25 weeks ago
I'm the only one who doesn't want his home/apartment connected to the Internet? :confused:
Rating: 6 Votes
25 weeks ago
Exciting things to come ! Future is bright for Apple x Beats .
Rating: 4 Votes
25 weeks ago

This is why apple should have bought Nest instead of letting Google purchase them. It will be interesting whether apple will stick to software and develop API's or produce actual hardware. My house is definitely ready.


not at that price! look at the teething troubles their nest protect has been having, too; false alarms, 'wavegate' The product looks great and I was almost about to buy one, but based on many buyer reviews I subsequently discovered, I don't think I'm ready to trust the well being of my family on it.
I hope Apple does make some connected home hardware; security and or smoke alarms would definitely appeal to me, at least.
Rating: 4 Votes
25 weeks ago
iPhone is too big a % of Apple's revenues right now. Makes sense that Apple would be looking to diversify into wearables and home automation. I figured HomeKit had to be more than an API for 3rd party developers. There has to be more to Apple's strategy than just increasing iPhone sales.
Rating: 3 Votes
25 weeks ago

This is why apple should have bought Nest instead of letting Google purchase them. It will be interesting whether apple will stick to software and develop API's or produce actual hardware. My house is definitely ready.


Buying Nest would have meant buying Tony Fadell. Apple is no longer a divisional company, it's completely functional. Where would Tony Fadell fit in Apple's current organization? I'm sure Apple thinks it can do its own hardware as well as anything Nest does.
Rating: 3 Votes
25 weeks ago
Good. I need an Apple dish washer that only Apple can do. A dish washer that is very quiet and thin.
Rating: 3 Votes
25 weeks ago

My house is ready.


"This house is ready"
Rating: 3 Votes
25 weeks ago

I'm the only one who doesn't want his home/apartment connected to the Internet? :confused:


If you were reasonably sure it would not be spied on by Google would that make it better? I was planning to get a Nest until I heard Google bought them. I have two drop cams and cancelled the DVR function the day I heard they were bought by Google.

Let's hope home HomeKit has some requirements for security and privacy. Otherwise, I'm with you. I'm happy to be a low tech abode. I mean, it worked for Battlestar Galactica right? :)
Rating: 2 Votes

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