Rumor: Apple To Unveil “Smart Home” Platform At WWDC
Is this the beginning of the iHome? The Financial Times reports that Apple will unveil a “smart home” platform at their Worldwide Developers Conference next week, allowing manufacturers to make home devices that can communicate with each other and the web.
The program will reportedly be similar to Apple’s current “Made for iPhone” program, “given to compatible headphones, speakers and other accessories, but with a new brand and logo. Apple may also provide additional checks and assurances that certified products are not vulnerable to hackers.”
This rumor comes after rival Google purchased smart thermostat manufacturer Nest Labs earlier this year. That device company was co-founded by former Apple executives. The sale raised privacy concerns, but also helped cement the “Internet of Things” as the next big battleground for innovation and business. With consumers offering so much data on their devices, companies want to find ways to gather even more when users aren’t directly engaging smartphones, tablets, or computers.
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