May 27 2014, 1:19am CDT | by Gene Ryan Briones
Apple is reportedly working on a new software platform that will allow iPhones to control home appliances, lights, and security devices.
Sources told the Financial Times that the Cupertino-based technology company is planning to announce the platform on June 2 at its Worldwide Developer Conference, although it noted that Apple has a tendency to change its plans at the last minutes.
Technology companies are racing to develop ground-breaking devices for home automation a.k.a. "Internet of things."
Google took the first step when it acquired Nest Labs early this year. Rival company, Samsung, also revealed its own Samsung Smart Home concept at CES 2014 in January. And just last month, the South Korean technology giant launched its Smart Home app which promises to connect household appliances and mobile devices.
Apple, meanwhile, has yet to announce its connected home initiative.
Sources told the Financial Times that Apple's smart home software will be easy to set-up and will be compatible with the iPad and the long-rumored Apple TV, set to be announced this year. The said platform will be similar to Apple's MFi (Made for iPhone) program, although it could be updated with newer technologies such as NFC.
Apple declined to comment on the report.
Apple readying new software platform for the 'Smart Home' http://t.co/HyVoLvMbfS— Financial Times (@FT) May 27, 2014
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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