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