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

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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58 Comments

1. wilsong17 unregistered

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

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao good one, he's something special.

30. wilsong17 unregistered

All look at the fan buying the apple logo

32. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

teehee :D Omg, please stop XD

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

26. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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! :)

31. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

33. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

36. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

43. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Try to troll harder. ;)

55. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

...how?

57. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

35. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

37. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

more like iSteve ;)

41. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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."

46. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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

48. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

49. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 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

50. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Ignorance is highly exhibited with posts like this.

51. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

53. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Au contraire mon amie. It's very far from the truth and you know it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy

54. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

^not very far :)

56. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

38. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

44. pego99

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

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

2. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

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