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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:04 AM   #1
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Apple Said to Be Developing Smart Home Products for HomeKit Integration




Following a report from The Information yesterday claiming that Apple is building hardware to work with the new HomeKit home automation standard announced for iOS 8, a follow-up report from 9to5Mac is making similar claims.

Details on the devices under consideration are scant, although the company is said to be beyond the exploratory stage of product development. Apple already sells one household product in the form of the Apple TV, which Macworld's Chris Breen argues is the logical hub for HomeKit, but Apple's smart home ambitions allegedly extend beyond the living room.
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The sources say that Apple is unlikely to move forward with devices to compete directly with Google's Nest as the Cupertino-company feels it can build products that can gain usage wider than that of thermostats and smoke detectors. It is likely that Apple is building advanced speaker systems or control panels for homes, the sources say. It is possible that Apple's recent acquisition of Beats Electronics and the audio company's existing speaker systems play into this vision.
While Apple is expected to expand its product lineup with the iWatch, perhaps a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air and possibly a revamped Apple TV this year, the company's HomeKit-integrated hardware is thought to be further down the roadmap in Apple's future product lineup.

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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:05 AM   #2
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:08 AM   #3
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Will I be able to integrate the Homekits technology in to my Palm Pilot?
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:09 AM   #4
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I will be interested in seeing what comes out of this. I would like to see some home automation that I can integrate with iOS.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:13 AM   #5
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I would like to see some home automation that I can integrate with iOS.
Um, that's what home kit is...
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:13 AM   #6
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Exciting things to come ! Future is bright for Apple x Beats .
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:17 AM   #7
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iPhone is too big a % of Apple's revenues right now. Makes sense that Apple would be looking to diversify into wearables and home automation. I figured HomeKit had to be more than an API for 3rd party developers. There has to be more to Apple's strategy than just increasing iPhone sales.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:17 AM   #8
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This is why apple should have bought Nest instead of letting Google purchase them. It will be interesting whether apple will stick to software and develop API's or produce actual hardware. My house is definitely ready.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:23 AM   #9
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So...

I'm the only one who doesn't want his home/apartment connected to the Internet?
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:25 AM   #10
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I'm the only one who doesn't want his home/apartment connected to the Internet?
I don't think this requires an internet connection! I would assume WIFI connections are all you need. If you wish to do stuff from outside of your house, then, sure. Do you have Back to my Mac enabled?
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:25 AM   #11
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This is why apple should have bought Nest instead of letting Google purchase them. It will be interesting whether apple will stick to software and develop API's or produce actual hardware. My house is definitely ready.
not at that price! look at the teething troubles their nest protect has been having, too; false alarms, 'wavegate' The product looks great and I was almost about to buy one, but based on many buyer reviews I subsequently discovered, I don't think I'm ready to trust the well being of my family on it.
I hope Apple does make some connected home hardware; security and or smoke alarms would definitely appeal to me, at least.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:27 AM   #12
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Further down the roadmap... does that mean to the south?
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:27 AM   #13
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iPhone is too big a % of Apple's revenues right now. Makes sense that Apple would be looking to diversify into wearables and home automation. I figured HomeKit had to be more than an API for 3rd party developers. There has to be more to Apple's strategy than just increasing iPhone sales.
This is true. Apple has to get more into the home, especially with google as a competitor with having bought Nest. Schiller did say this year Apple has the best product announcements ever.

Dare I say it?

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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:28 AM   #14
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And everyone assumed Apple bought Beats for just headphones and the music service.
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I think it's really interesting how Apple is moving in the direction of creating an ecosystem around the iPhone(iWatch and this home product), but opening up their API's to allow other manufacturers to directly compete with them.

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AEBS certainly has as much capacity to be the hub. Why focus on AppleTV so much?
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:35 AM   #17
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This is why apple should have bought Nest instead of letting Google purchase them. It will be interesting whether apple will stick to software and develop API's or produce actual hardware. My house is definitely ready.
Buying Nest would have meant buying Tony Fadell. Apple is no longer a divisional company, it's completely functional. Where would Tony Fadell fit in Apple's current organization? I'm sure Apple thinks it can do its own hardware as well as anything Nest does.
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I find it really hard to see Apple making any product where it's hard to use and installing panels in your walls, thermostats, alarm systems, CCTV cameras etc these aren't easy to do and you may even need a professional technician to do the installation.

I'm not saying they won't do it just that it would be unusual, it doesn't fit their current mantra of making everything easy for the end user to setup themselves.

I think it's much more likely that they will devise the software and the API's to empower other OEM's to make the actual products.
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I'm really hoping for some awesome hardware, but think Apple should leave it to companies like Nest to do awesome hardware and just make them all work together flawlessly through HomeKit. Focus on software that hides the technology from the consumer.

I love the Nest Integration via IFTTT. I put my Nest on Away and it turns all the Hue lights off at home. I think this could be done a lot more slick then what is currently available.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:48 AM   #21
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iPhone is too big a % of Apple's revenues right now. Makes sense that Apple would be looking to diversify into wearables and home automation. I figured HomeKit had to be more than an API for 3rd party developers. There has to be more to Apple's strategy than just increasing iPhone sales.
This is a good point. I feel that this same fact (except for Google the main revenue is Search) is what is driving the constant Google Hobby Machine to come up with new ideas every week.

I think that Apple has a longer attention span than Google does, so hopefully this will go places.
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Great, so now we bring balkanization to our home products - is it Android compatible, is it Apple compatible?

Nest is owned by Google, so we shall see. Frankly I won't buy any of these products without an open API (and more than a Steve Jobs's promise to open the API which he reneged on for FaceTime)
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I'm really hoping for some awesome hardware, but think Apple should leave it to companies like Nest to do awesome hardware and just make them all work together flawlessly through HomeKit. Focus on software that hides the technology from the consumer.

I love the Nest Integration via IFTTT. I put my Nest on Away and it turns all the Hue lights off at home. I think this could be done a lot more slick then what is currently available.
But how does that increase Apple revenue and profits? Does Apple make any money off a 3rd party using their HomeKit APIs? I think it's dangerous for Apple to put all it's eggs in the iPhone basket.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 10:52 AM   #24
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Good. I need an Apple dish washer that only Apple can do. A dish washer that is very quiet and thin.
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of course they are working on some home automation hardware.

I like the new more inclusive Apple.
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