CES 2014: Air Conditioner Debuts as First Smart Appliance 'MFi Licensed' for iOS Compatibility

Chinese appliance manufacturer Haier today announced that it has become the first such company to be accepted into Apple's MFi licensing program to certify compatibility with iOS devices. Haier's Tianzun cabinet air conditioning unit is the first appliance to carry the MFi designation, with expansion to other Haier appliances coming in the future.

Haier's Tianzun air conditioner is the first air conditioner and white good [major appliance] that is authorized by Apple's MFi program. Haier will use this technology in the other Haier products, such as water heaters, ovens, intelligent home accessories and the like. Users will be able to complete the setup simply by connecting to WiFi. The live demonstration showed that Haier's air conditioner could match the phone automatically and the user could set up parameters for the air conditioner directly without registration, setup password or any other complicated and time-consuming operations when connected to WiFi. And that brings consumers a simple, efficient experience of using smart appliances.

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While smart appliances capable of being controlled through iOS devices are not new, a move by manufacturers to join Apple's MFi program may help give consumers confidence that the products meet Apple's standards for compatibility and functionality. The licensing program is already in wide use for such products as charging accessories, speaker docks, and more recently game controllers, but Haier's announcement today indicates that the program is poised for even greater adoption as the burgeoning market for connected home appliances continues to expand.

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goobot Avatar
136 months ago
Awesome, 'till there is no internet.
Wifi doesn't need internet to work locally.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kemal Avatar
136 months ago
No passwords?

THE HORROR......THE HORROR
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KdParker Avatar
136 months ago
So does this mean that we will either have to buy a i0S or Android/Windows appliances?

I like smart appliances, but we seem to be putting the cart before the horse.

Shouldn't we create standards for connectivity to 'smart appliances' so that other platforms can control/monitor our appliances?
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japanime Avatar
136 months ago
Marlon Brando lives!
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JAT Avatar
135 months ago
You need to open your eyes more... Re-read the post.

I am begging the ? to the audience - can Qualcomm make chipsets utilizing just GPS and not A-GPS?

This may be feasible sooner than later in the future... so that's why I "beg" the question now. If & when they do, this is a game changer - another reason why I beg the question at hand.

Do you understand? Also, your answer(s) make me believe you really don't have much further info on the subject matter. Re-read my post, then re-read yours again...

(By the way, Don't go 'broad' if you can't get into 'specifics'.)

Wow, why not just jump right on my neck and bite my ** head off with misguided condescension. Since we're giving out advice, here's some: Stop assuming.

Of course they bloody well can make a chipset that is not assisted. There have been gps watches for years for outdoors use. But who cares? Phones and smart watches need to be used all sorts of places. Indoors, where gps doesn't work because it needs line-of-sight. (I did type the wrong 'site' before, oops)

I won't even be looking to see if you answer.
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winston1236 Avatar
136 months ago
No thanks, requires way too much brand commitment
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