Xataka Smart Home A system that would allow us to use our iPhone, and in general the iOS devices, as a control center for our home. Thus being able to turn on the lights, control security, appliances and much more.
A news that sounds powerful but for the touch and options that Apple could integrate into the operating system itself rather than for what it would do. And the fact is that, at present, we already have systems using third party apps that allow us to do all this through products such as Wemo by Belkin, Placed, etc.
But it’s that Apple touch and the options that would come with iOS 8 that is attractive and exciting. Imagine that they finally open up the use of Siri for third party apps and with voice commands get to control our home.
A platform for the Apple smart home is something important but it responds to the actions that other manufacturers such as Samsung or Google are already carrying out. Of course, here, one never knows who had thought of it before. In order of announcement it is clear that Apple is the last one to arrive but if we look back we see how some movements are fitting now with this supposed new smart platform.
The first of these would be the new Apple TV configuration system. As you will remember, with a simple tap we would configure our Apple Tv thanks to the iPhone without the need to enter Apple ID, etc. Then we have the iBeacon theme, the AS under the iOS 7 sleeve. With this technology we have seen that many possibilities can be implemented in shops, public places or even the home. For example, Placed is one of the options. Another we saw with the MOCA platform.
Continuing, we see how now the recent rumor of the inclusion of NFC in the iPhone wins in its entirety. While it is true that Apple always commented that they didn’t include it because they considered it an immature technology, the truth is that it is very useful and convenient to configure devices with just one touch. So, why not take advantage of it now.
In short, there are many speculations we could make and, at least to me, few would seem far-fetched. The truth is that WWDC is just around the corner and we know it will focus on iOS and OS X. So if the presentation of iOS 8 and its new features such as the possible Healtbook, OS X and now this platform for the smart home, it is clear that either we are missing hours of keynote or we are going to have a lot of work to assimilate all the new features.