Apple's 'Smart Home' Initiative Focused on 'Made for iPhone' Certification, Not Deep Integration

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this week, a report suggested Apple has plans to unveil a new smart home initiative at WWDC. This platform would allow the iPhone to directly control lights, security systems, and other household gadgets, with Apple giving third-party device makers official approval for integrated devices.

    Gigaom has some new information on how the smart home program will work, confirming that it is a fairly simple program that will certify both connected devices already on the market and upcoming devices under the existing "Made for iPhone" certification process currently used for iOS accessories like iPhone cables and gaming controllers.

    The program will not include an Apple-made software interface that overrides the existing apps tied to current iOS-compatible home accessories like the Philips Hue lighting system or the Nest thermometer, and will instead focus on connecting devices via WiFi. There's also the possibility for voice control using Bluetooth.

    The MFi certification will essentially be used to notify consumers about which products will integrate well both with the iPhone and with other home automation accessories, suggesting the program introduced next week will feature several home automation product manufacturers that have agreed to work with the MFi standards for quality and compatibility.
    Apple is expected to unveil more information on its smart home initiative on Monday, when WWDC kicks off with an opening keynote.

    Article Link: Apple's 'Smart Home' Initiative Focused on 'Made for iPhone' Certification, Not Deep Integration
  2. macrumors member


    Jul 25, 2013
  3. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    How much don't you care?
  4. macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
    You cared enough to click on the article and respond.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2003
    new york city
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2013
    That makes more sense than the suggestion that they’d be making stuff. Here’s hoping the concept actually goes somewhere.
  7. macrumors regular


    Jul 17, 2002
    Seems like a bit of a yawn. I was hoping that Apple would actually develop hardware like the Nest etc...

    Love my Nest and Protect. Fadell is onto something there. Let's hope he keeps up the innovation with some new products.
  8. macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2014
  9. macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    Nope. Magical.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    I used to love my NEST. However, ever since Google got involved, the system seems to be much less reliable. It's gone offline for me a few times a week. **** google!!!! :mad:
  11. macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Hope this turns out better than MFi gaming controllers.
  12. macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2013
    I call a "I'm first to comment, I to post something smart" person :p
  13. macrumors member


    Jul 25, 2013
    Ya, but no more than that ;)
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    With something as big as Home automation you can't do it all at once. This is just the first step of Apple home automation. Wait for it people. Cool stuff will come in the future. Even Apple can't create all hardware (lighting, appliances, etc) at once. Sigh... people are so impatient and clueless. :(
  15. macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    I really do hope there's a "Wow" factor at WWDC.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2008
  17. macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    Dead in the water if it's iOS only

    There are other products and WILL be other products that can and will do the same that will work with any phone, Android and iOS

    What would be the point in a control system for the home that will only work whilst you buy iPhones?

    And for the countries around the world which have a tiny iOS market share, virtually no sales at all.

    Apple can't be THAT stupid can they ?

    That would be like trying to sell an Apple TV that you had to use an iPhone for a remote control and nothing else would work. It would be even more limited than it is now.
  18. macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    This simple thing simply does not make sense

    i can understand when "Made for iPhone" certification is used for something that is unique to iPhone (for example something with lightning port or a phone case). Home automation devices need to use something like WiFi, BT or better yet a specialized protocol like zigbee or z-wave. If they use it, then they will work not just with iPhones but also with Android phones and with just about everything out there. Unless Apple will require the certified devices to somehow rely on Apple ID it is going to be "Made for iPhone, works with everything".
  19. macrumors G3


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    There are plenty of devices that work for Android, WP, and iOS that have the MFi certification. MFi doesn't place any restrictions on the usage of other devices, it just means that when an iOS device is used it is certified to function properly.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Apr 16, 2004
    Drifting through space in a broken escape pod
    Apple would be crazy to get into the hardware market for this. But they can certainly certify various other company's products as being compatible in some way with iOS. Add a few APIs and it's not really that big a deal on Apple's end. Low risk, and people who want it will be happy.

    I actually have a smart home, and there's an app for that on my iPhone to control everything I've set up with my home automation server. As far as I'm concerned that's all I need.
  21. macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2013
    Personally really hoping this isn't what the whole secret I can't tell you sessions are for in the WWDC schedule. Would be cool for those who actually want these kind of devices though.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Germany, Europe
  23. macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2008
    Apple has always been about proprietary products that work only with other Apple products.

    It's the 'walled garden' you hear so much about these days, what you lose in choice of products you gain in tight system integration which works for a better, smoother and more fluid experience.
  24. macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Taunton UK
    I was hoping for a newsstand or passbook style app where you will find a one stop app for all your home automation to function from. Rather than turning everything off on 10 different apps when you leave, you can just flick a switch like airplane mode and power everything off.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2008
    So it's basically a marketing and compatibility initiative? Yawn...

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