TechnoBuffalo is reporting Apple may be set to introduce a smart home platform at next week’s WWDC14. Smart home platforms are of course nothing new, with LG, Samsung and Google all working on their own smart home functionality.
This new initiative is also said to have a connection the oft-rumored update to the Apple TV device. We have heard sometime now that the newest iteration of the device would include home automation aspects to it, and this would certainly fit with those rumors. It is speculated that the Apple TV would act as a central hub for the system, which would then drive sales even further for drawing customers into the Apple ecosystem as well. However, while the Apple TV is expected to be discussed at WWDC, it will supposedly not launch until the fall.
The “Internet of things” as it has come to be known, is viewed as the next big market in technology, and it is a field that Apple will certainly not want to find itself playing catch up in. Smart home technology has been garnering a lot of attention this year withGoogle acquiring Nest for $3.2 billion, and Samsung recently launching its Smart Home line of products.
So Apple’s foray into the mix is not exactly an innovating step but it is welcome competition for those of us that enjoy a mix of options on the market. I’m not all that ready for smart home functionality anyway and honestly, I don’t think the majority of users will be embracing such tech just yet. Of course, if Apple (or any of the others) wanted to bestow a system upon me, I wouldn’t refuse! What do you think about Apple’s potential jump into smart home functionality? Are you ready to implement such tech into your home? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter! Social links are located to the left of your screen.
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