Apple as a Universal Remote
Apple, which intends to be a smart home’s nerve center has announced that it would create an app called HOME to enable connection and control of all smart home kits devices.
The app will enable users to control a fantasia-like orchestra of smart gadgets from one place including everything (from smart doorbells and locks to thermostats, light bulbs, humidifiers and entertainment systems).
The app will also let users engage in Siri to tweak the settings on those devices. According to Accenture Survey, about half consumers have serious security concern about smart home and others and quarter have deliberately postponed buying an IoT devices and services with the fervor for electronics and appliances brands.
Despite the absolute flood of smart home devices in the market, 20% of European households and 35% of North America households are using these devices according to Berg Insight( an industry research firm in Gothenburg, Sweden).
The most commonly used smart home devices are the internet connected and smart phone controllable thermostats, security monitors, audio and entertainment systems, cameras and light bulbs).
Apple believes positioning the Home app for end users at the centre of this universe can keep every rising trend with the smart home market. If Home measures up to Apple’s best user experience, it will help Apple keep the competition with Samsung’s smart things, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Brillo and weave.
Apple’s Home has a the potential to bring it a front row view of what is working and what is not in the smart home. The app will ostensibly know which smart home device users are accessing and adjusting the most.