How Does The Future Of Apple HomeKit Look In The Smart Home Market?
When it comes to the smart home market, two players who dominate the market are Google and Amazon. With Apple slowly catching up, it might soon be able to capture a good chunk of the market as things get more advanced. In December 2019, Apple teamed up with Amazon and Google to announce the launch of Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP). The main idea was to create a new connectivity standard to make smart home tech more universally compatible. This means that makers of smart home tech won’t have to implement multiple protocols to work with smart home assistants from Apple, Amazon, and Google, not only potentially saving them money, but also allowing them to appeal to a larger audience. On the other hand, consumers can also easily change the ecosystem in case they do not like one.
Apple’s recently released the HomePod mini, a smaller and more affordable version of its smart speaker, which can also function as a hub for smart home tech. It features the Thread radio technology.
If you’re not familiar with Thread, it’s a mesh networking technology for smart home tech that’s a fundamental part of the CHIP standard mentioned above, along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Another advantage is the Home app on the Apple device! There can be tons of customizations that can be achieved with the app. With these heavy customizations, the design of the app needs a bit of rework to make it more user friendly. With all of this in mind, Apple seems to be proceeding in the right direction and in contention to battle with Amazon and Google in the smart home industry.
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