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Is iOS about to control your house? Apple tipped to announce "Smart Home" at WWDC

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Is iOS about to control your house? Apple tipped to announce
According to a report published on Monday, Apple will introduce a "Smart Home" platform at WWDC, that will allow iOS to control the inner workings of a home. An Apple iPhone and Apple iPad will be able to change settings on connected appliances, turn the alarm on or off, and control the lighting inside and outside of the house. Google already has its similar Android@Home initiative.

Using "Smart Home," property owners will be able to turn on their alarm when leaving the house, or have the lights turn on when entering. Home owners on vacation should be able to create the illusion that some one is at home in order to deter burglars. Apple will certify hardware made by third party manufacturers, using the "Made for iPhone" program that the company uses now to certify accessories manufactured by third party producers. Some of the companies listed in the report that could be certified include Dropcam, Phillips and Nest. The latter, purchased by Google earlier this year, produces smart thermostats and other similar products.

The report adds that like Apple's AirPlay, CarPlay and iBeacon, Bluetooth LE could be employed in the platform. This low energy version of Bluetooth, allows for connectivity over very short distances. This means that the system will be able to pinpoint the exact location of the home owner wielding the iPhone or iPad being used to control the "Smart Home," even if it is a sprawling mansion.

WWDC kicks off a week from today. Apple is expected to unveil iOS 8 at the conference, which runs through June 6th.

source: FinancialTimes (subscriptionReq'd) via TechCrunch

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posted on 26 May 2014, 11:51 14

1. wilsong17 (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


i already have this on my note 3 with voice control gl catching up

posted on 26 May 2014, 11:56 17

4. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Shoot, omg wilsong17 already has this feature on his phone. Everyone cancel your tickets for WWDC this year, it's all over. I'll contact the guys at Cupertino, thanks again for your input.

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:39 4

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 11202; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lmao good one, he's something special.

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:43 1

45. wilsong17 (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/02/samsung-smart-home-app-service-ready/

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:34 7

30. wilsong17 (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


All look at the fan buying the apple logo

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:43 1

32. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


teehee :D

Omg, please stop XD

posted on 26 May 2014, 13:47 4

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


This is already well covered by other companies. Apple as always is late to the party with rip-off product but still early enough to steal the innovation award.

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:01 3

26. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Orly? This is quite the news actually. You seem to know so much wise one, please enlighten us with more of your knowledge

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:28 3

28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Orly?"

Really!

"This is quite the news actually."

New here is that Apple may enter "Smart Home" business but "Smart Home" business by it self is ain't new. And you already should know about that (of course if you read article before commenting).

"You seem to know so much wise one..."

Thank you! :)

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:40 1

31. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


What, are you serious? That sounds great, do you have more?

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:46 5

33. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It looks like you don't have what meaningful to say just a desperate and poor trolling. :D

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:01 2

36. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


You could be true wise one, I mean how dare I say anything remotely against your unfathomable knowledge¿

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:27 4

43. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Try to troll harder. ;)

posted on 26 May 2014, 22:14 2

55. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


...how?

posted on 27 May 2014, 05:33

57. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I don't know you are the troll here you decide. :D

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:53

35. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2980; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Intel amongst others spent a lot of time and money on the "smart home", only to realize it is a bust.

I am not sure what Apple is bringing to the table.

Maybe they will make a line of iWindows that open and close based on a customer's iHome settings that they set by interacting with a home avatar, iBob.

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:02 1

37. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


more like iSteve ;)

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:19 2

41. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2980; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


iSteve might be too intense for many iFans to deal with. Suddenly there are painting contractors showing up at the house who start painting everything white. Then another group of contractors who start installing silver door hardware on all the doors and replacing all the appliances with shiny stainless steel.

After all is said and done, iSteve will then say, "now you have a proper iHouse to live your iLife."

posted on 26 May 2014, 16:00 2

46. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Lmfao
+1

You wrote just like PAPINYC

iLife

Wth Apple users new name… .

Whats next iToilet, iClothes, iShoes, what about iStamping a iLogo on every Apple iUsers and let this be the new iTrend and look iCool…
Lmfao

posted on 26 May 2014, 17:00 1

48. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2980; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


This type of writing is actually pretty old, from back in the iMac days. It's good to recycle it from time to time, especially when Apple has filed for trademark on "iWatch" and already has "iWork", "iLife", etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ILife

Apple just did hire an executive from Burberry. Maybe there will be iSkirts and iHandbags and iPumps in the future, you know, that match the iWatch. Maybe iSteve will help design your iWardrobe for you and help you pick your daily iOutfit, so every day can be the very best iDay.

posted on 26 May 2014, 18:12 1

49. Ninetysix (Posts: 1579; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Samsung's engineer's are actually taking notes. Just add Galaxy in front of those and you have yourself a Samsung version!

Galaxy Toilet, Galaxy Clothes, Galaxy Shoes, Galaxy Galaxy, Galaxy Insertnamehere!

edit: N/M! The toilet is already there.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/110655519279?lpid=82

posted on 26 May 2014, 18:24 3

50. donfem (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Ignorance is highly exhibited with posts like this.

posted on 26 May 2014, 18:31

51. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2980; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


No, just weariness of corporations flogging dumb and/or dead brands that mean nothing.

posted on 26 May 2014, 18:44

53. Ninetysix (Posts: 1579; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Au contraire mon amie. It's very far from the truth and you know it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy

posted on 26 May 2014, 18:59

54. Ninetysix (Posts: 1579; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


^not very far :)

posted on 26 May 2014, 23:42

56. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2980; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


There are two sides to it. For one side, brand is powerful and for the other side, it is dumb and/or dead.

One side is marketing to the vast seas of iDrones or galaxyDrones (and other brandslaves) who buy pretty much solely on brand.

The other side is the escape from the monoculture of brand that some people try to find. This is a smaller group of people, obviously, as it requires more effort and knowledge to navigate buying choices.

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:08

38. Scott93274 (Posts: 896; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Well, there are plenty of stand alone products that you can control with your phone, but it would be nice to have a hub software package that integrates multiple products, features, and functions in a intuitive way. For example, have a notification that the back door opens, and immediacy have a link that allows you to view a web cam of that specific room.

Heck, I would love the chance to be able to turn the TV on and off and change the volume, as well as the lighting in various rooms in the house just to scare my daughter when me and the Mrs are away.

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:37 2

44. pego99 (Posts: 56; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Thats why Apple bought Nest oh wait that wasn't Apple that was someone else.

posted on 26 May 2014, 11:53 3

2. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Let's have it! I smiled a little cuz it's almost the same time I came across thishttp://techcrunch.com/2014/05/26/the-iphone-is-still-the-best-smartphone/?ncid=rss

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:12 6

6. Finalflash (Posts: 1736; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Wow that article was stupid, the tl:dr for the lazy is that his sister and dad use the iPhone, it has a good camera, and some app behaves differently on different android phones (never really seen that happen), therefore iPhone is best....and that's it.

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:35 1

10. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


"I’m sure this opinion will have its detractors"

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:38 1

11. Sauce (unregistered)


In other words, you got offended xD

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:45 1

16. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


struck a nerve :D

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:52

17. Sauce (unregistered)


At his rate, Apple is going to be responsible for his aneurism any time soon.

posted on 26 May 2014, 13:01 1

19. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


ugh, I know right?

posted on 26 May 2014, 11:54 1

3. Sauce (unregistered)


Im down for that, especially in super-junction with Phillips Hue system/app.

Heres some additional info for those interested:

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2014/05/26/apple-smart-home-platform/

Also, Nest is really nice. I've been installing them a lot on renovation job sites lately. The home owners love them.

posted on 26 May 2014, 11:59 1

5. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


It looks like a really big push this time around, I'm really interested about the hardware though.

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:19 1

7. Sid91 (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 May 2014)


Frankly apple hasn't innovating as much as we have come to expect from apple and most of the stuff has been rumors and has further upset people who expect apple to come up with something that will be better than the market.

when apple announced the iphone it was considered a phone a few years from the future (my most cherished phone) but now they are lagging way behind (in my opinion).

That being said I hope they come up with great products and not play catchup to others, we need products with apple touch to it.

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:32

9. Sid91 (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 May 2014)


My comment obviously relate to mobile devices made by apple

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:38 2

12. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Any improvement on the iPhone is well welcomed. No matter how small. And every other competitor will be chopping at the bits to replicate it. As they always do. Do they exaggerate? Of course, it’s a press event. Are their products revolutionary? They have been. Will they be so in the future? I hope so. Should that bother you? In this case no.

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:39

13. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Any improvement on the iPhone is well welcomed. No matter how small. And every other competitor will be chopping at the bits to replicate it. As they always do. Do they exaggerate? Of course, it’s a press event. Are their products revolutionary? They have been. Will they be so in the future? I hope so. Should that bother you? In this case no.

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:27 4

8. Bigtalker (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 May 2014)


So what your telling me is they will be doing something that others have been doing for years now? Another iFail. When are they actually going to come up with something useful that they didn't buy or steal?

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:57 2

18. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Someone please answer this man, he could take this question to his grave.

posted on 26 May 2014, 13:31 1

21. Sid91 (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 May 2014)


The name says it all.

posted on 26 May 2014, 18:39 2

52. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


He spoke of truth

All Apple does is that it modifys it, what already exzisted prior to Apple

posted on 27 May 2014, 06:11

58. illusionmist (Posts: 114; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


Another day, another guy forgetting that innovation != invention.

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:41 2

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 11202; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Bring it on apple, expecting lotsa goodies this summer, and fall. Jedi has money to be taken, I can't spend it all on protein powder.

posted on 26 May 2014, 13:09 2

20. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


LOADS! This fall is going to be cray.

posted on 26 May 2014, 16:33

47. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Yeap

The iP6 with 4.7 screen 720p 2Gb Ram ios8 A8 with 64bit, can't wait to buy that….

posted on 26 May 2014, 13:38 3

22. Scott93274 (Posts: 896; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm shocked, if this were an article about Google allowing users to control functions from their home remotely then the Apple crowd would scream about how Google is getting more and more intrusive and invading people's privacy. That being said, I'm excited about this kind of stuff. I'm not sure what Google has already done outside of Nest products, but more control I have over my home, the better. Come on Apple, show us that you still have some tricks up your sleeve.

posted on 26 May 2014, 13:51 5

24. RoundhouseMcGee (Posts: 165; Member since: 25 May 2014)


Please apple please! I have always wanted to pay $200 for a light bulb and $3,000 for a thermostat!

(For all the iDiots out there, that was sarcasm. I doubt you could deduce that.)

posted on 26 May 2014, 13:58

25. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


so apple will get into real estate? what exactly does "control your home" mean? light bulbs, refrigerators? surely they wont release all of that, so what will they release?

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:17 1

27. nctx77 (Posts: 495; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


No. From my understanding, they will create a hub to control compatible devices/hardware, etc. Devices will be labeled iphone compatible much like you see with headphones. There are probably apps that do this with certain devices, but it's very disjointed. This will put everything in a central hub.

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:32

29. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


nctx77, idk but this feels like it has long been in the works with groundwork like ibeacons et al. Could it be that the iwatch has finally found its place?

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:49

34. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2980; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


The reality of most homes is that there is very little that needs to be "controlled".

Making "smart home" nothing more than an oxymoron.

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:12

39. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


You could be right but then again who knows?

Mentioning pie in the sky dreams seems very unApple to me. That's Google's game.

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:13

40. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


You could be right but then again who knows?

Mentioning pie in the sky dreams seems very unApple to me. That's Google's game.

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:24

42. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2980; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I don't think Apple would ever invest in all that it takes to make a proper "smart home". It would an immense undertaking with very little confidence of the massive profit margins that Apple likes.

It may be more Google's game to do things like this, but even Google pretty much sticks to things that can collect data for them. Once you have always on/always listening phones for each person in a house, the home energy consumption via Nest, then I guess there will be things like refrigerators for what/when people eat, cook, etc.

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