• New Smart Home Platform to be Released by Apple at WWDC



    According to a report from The Financial Times, a new software platform that lets the iPhone control security systems, lights, and other household gadgets will be launched by Apple at WWDC next week. The report claims that the company will make a ‘big play’ in smart home technology by working with device makers. The new software is like Apple’s “Made for iPhone” program for speaker docks, headphones, and software support in iOS 8.

    The scheme will be similar to Apple’s existing “Made for iPhone” label, 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.

    The Cupertino-based company was likely to emphasise the privacy protections built into its smart home system, one person familiar with Apple’s plans told the FT, given heightened sensitivity about technology companies’ access to personal information amid revelations about US intelligence agencies’ online surveillance programmes.
    The piece notes that plans can always change, but that Apple has launched a number of initiatives over the past year or two, including CarPlay and iBeacon, to expand the reach of the iPhone and have it interact more with the real world and other electronic devices in it.
    A variety of different components of the so-called ‘Internet of Things’, inlcluding Philips Hue light bulbs, Google-owned Thermostat, and Belkin WeMo Wi-Fi enabled light switches are sold at Apple retail stores.

    Source:The Financial Times
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