Apple Joining The Race For A Smarter Home
Apple’s introduction of the HomeKit API in 2014 signaled its intention to enter the smart home market, but the lack of supporting hardware products and a consumer front-end seemed to seriously handicap its chances for success. It would be almost two years and another World Wide Developers Conference before Apple would have enough products and, finally, a consumer-facing app it called, naturally, Home.
Security was top on the list for Apple and hence built a close-ended platform and then convinced third-parties to build products compatible with HomeKit. In the initial days, this was a serious slowdown to Apple’s expansion plan in smart home market. Apple unveiled its Apple Home during WWDC 2016 and provided a big relief for manufacturers toiling on HomeKit compatible devices. USP of Apple Home is its simplicity, consistency and ability to automatically detect any powered HomeKit device.
Things get really interesting with Scenes – creating a customized smart home scene like the lighting, temperature, television, etc. Enabling Scenes can be done through simple voice commands given to Apple’s AI assistant Siri. Proximity triggered Scenes can also be enabled and Apple devices left at home can act as secure communication hub for HomeKit devices.
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