Apple to Unveil Smart Home Platform – Report

Apple is preparing to introduce its own ‘smart home’ platform, turning the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances. The company will unveil the plans at its Worldwide Developer Conference on 02 June in San Francisco, people familiar with the matter told the paper. 

Apple’s integrated system will make it easier to set up and control new smart home devices. For example, a home’s lights might automatically come on when the owner enters the house, using their iPhone to wirelessly signal their arrival. Such a system was outlined in an Apple patent filing published in November last year. 

The connected-home system will give Apple customers more reasons to buy several devices in its iOS family, by using the iPhone or iPad in conjunction with its Apple TV box, an upgraded version of which is expected to be released later this year, to control other domestic devices. Apple has been talking to a select group of other device makers whose smart home products will be certified to work with its forthcoming new system and then be sold in its retail stores, the report said. 

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