‘Apple must’ develop the connected home (it is)

'Apple must' be thinking this way...

The Financial Times today tells us Apple’s planning an iOS ecosystem for home automation (you can read a scrape on this here).

This doesn’t surprise me at all.

It’s exactly as I predicted here:

“It won’t be long until we all expect to be able to check our home systems, refrigerator contents and lighting conditions from our smartphones while away from home. It won’t be long until our iPhone will be our wallet, our home automation system, translator and tour guide.”

It’s also as I anticipated in this report, written in 2011:

Opinion: Apple’s plan for the connected home

That’s where I wrote:

“Apple, for example, could perhaps develop its own control interface, christened, ‘AirHome’. Like AirPlay this could be licensed to connected appliance manufacturers. If adopted, this would give Apple a low risk position in the emerging smart city and smart home industries.”

It may not be called AirHome, but it is reassuring to me that I happened to be the only one writing this in 2011.

Apple’s direction isn’t hard to generalise about. It’s just hard to put a time scale to the conjecture. And it helps if you know the industry.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

1 Response

  1. Constable Odo says:

    It’s being said Google is capable of doing everything and Apple is capable of doing nothing. That’s what the pundits are always saying. Supposedly, Apple has become a relic of the past because of its hardware platform. One would think you’d still need hardware to input the commands but maybe I’m missing the point. I’m just not sure why Google’s grasp of the future is perceived to be better than Apple’s. It’s possible that few people actually know what Apple is doing in secret.

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