Apple to Attend CES 2020 in Rare Official Appearance

Apple will make a rare official appearance at next week's annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where its HomeKit smart home system will take the limelight, reports Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

homekit devices
With Amazon and Google expected to roll out new software capabilities for their internet-connected products and voice-activated smart platforms, Apple's own smart home system will also be on show.

Apple's HomeKit, a system for controlling devices in the home, will also be on display. Some companies will show off new gadgets for the home that work with Siri, Apple's digital assistant.

According to the report, the company isn't expected to release any new hardware at the trade show, but Apple executive Jane Horvath is scheduled to speak on a consumer privacy panel on January 7.

Ahead of last year's CES, Apple put up a giant sign in Las Vegas touting the security of its devices, and in 2018 some Apple employees reportedly met with potential augmented-reality glasses suppliers there, but otherwise it has traditionally chosen to stay away. Apple's presence at CES 2020 is the first time in decades that the company has attended in an official capacity.

Top Rated Comments

CJM Avatar
31 months ago

Wouldn't it be more appropriate if Apple to Promote Homekit at MacWorld 2020?
No, CES is the bigger show and Apple is trying to push HomeKit more since making a version of it open source for developers. Also interfacing with IoT electronics in the home is exactly what CES is about.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JohnApples Avatar
31 months ago
I just want them to fix the constant bugs I have with HomeKit.

Devices randomly “not responding” even though I can control them fine in their official apps. Controlling certain devices in the Home app actually affecting completely separate devices in a different room. The “status” of lights being the opposite of what they actually are (shows ON when it’s actually OFF and vice versa).

So many little things that just cause a headache, and yet I don’t have these issues when controlling from Alexa or Google.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ACE83 Avatar
31 months ago
Yea I definitely don’t get the HomeKit hate. We moved into a new house last year and I went all in on HomeKit. At the same time I upgraded to Orbi mesh WiFi which I think makes a big difference.

Lutron switches, Hue bulbs, multiple Homepods, Apple TV, Hunter ceiling fan, LiftMaster MyQ for the garage, Ecobee thermostat and remote sensors...all work pretty flawlessly together through the Home app. Even had the Christmas tree and lights on HomeKit this year.

My 4 year old controls scenes through the HomePod on her own. It’s still pretty cool to hear/see.

Looking forward HomeKit in 2020 but really don’t know what I’d need to add at this point.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bluespark Avatar
31 months ago

Having purchased an Echo Dot (£22.50) and 4 smart plugs (£25) all I can say is Homekit is terrible.
The echo dot can understand my three year old (which is more than I can do most days)
How does this example demonstrate that “Homekit is terrible”? HomeKit is not a digital assistant; it is a unifying protocol. It’s strength is having devices talk to each other — so, for example, activity sensed by a Hue motion sensor can control Lutron lights. It doesn’t in any way affect the functionality you’re talking about, which works just fine alongside HomeKit.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
G5isAlive Avatar
31 months ago
I applaud Apple's continued trend of trying to do things differently than they have in the past. Will this be too little too late? Who knows. But they are trying, hopefully they will get back to leading.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dumastudetto Avatar
31 months ago
HomeKit is so far ahead of the competition, I don't think any competitor can ever catch up.

I am excited to see what innovations Apple has for the HomeKit ecosystem in 2020.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

anker 563 dock ports

Anker's Latest USB-C Docking Station Brings Triple-Display Support to M1 Macs

Wednesday May 18, 2022 7:06 am PDT by
While Apple's early M1-based Macs can only officially support a single external display, there are ways around the limitation. Anker is launching a new 10-in-1 USB-C docking station today which delivers just that. The Anker 563 USB-C dock includes two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort port, and it leverages DisplayLink to carry multiple video signals over a single connection. Given that this hub...
Prosser Series 8 3

Apple Watch Series 8 Rumored to Feature New Design With Flat Display

Wednesday May 18, 2022 6:21 am PDT by
The Apple Watch Series 8 could feature an all-new design with a flat display, according to the leaker known as "ShrimpApplePro." In his latest video on the YouTube channel Front Page Tech, Jon Prosser highlighted information from ShrimpApplePro that suggests the Apple Watch Series 8 could feature a flat display in what seems to be a design originally rumored for the Apple Watch Series 7. ...
apple ar headset concept 1

Apple's Headset Said to Feature 14 Cameras Enabling Lifelike Avatars, Jony Ive Has Remained Involved With Design

Friday May 20, 2022 6:50 am PDT by
Earlier this week, The Information's Wayne Ma outlined struggles that Apple has faced during the development of its long-rumored AR/VR headset. Now, in a follow-up report, he has shared several additional details about the wearable device. Apple headset render created by Ian Zelbo based on The Information reporting For starters, one of the headset's marquee features is said to be lifelike...
apple data auction iphone privacy ad

Apple Highlights iPhone's Latest Privacy Features in New 'Data Auction' Ad

Wednesday May 18, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
Apple today shared a new ad highlighting iPhone privacy features like App Tracking Transparency and Mail Privacy Protection that are designed to give users more transparency and control when it comes to their personal data being collected. The ad revolves around a young woman named Ellie who discovers that her personal data is being sold at an auction house, with bids being placed on her...
apple ar headset concept 2

Apple's AR/VR Headset Nearing Completion as Board Gets Demo

Thursday May 19, 2022 9:52 am PDT by
Apple last week demonstrated its upcoming AR/VR headset to Apple board members, indicating that the device is in an advanced stage of development and could see a debut in the not too distant future, reports Bloomberg. Apple has also ramped up development of the software that runs on the headset, with that software expected to be called "RealityOS," or rOS for short. Render via designer Ian ...