Apple plans to reveal a new integrated home platform at next week’s WWDC, according to a report in The Financial Times (subscription needed).
The system would be a software platform that would enable an iPhone (or presumably an iPad) to have direct control over such household items as lights, security, heating and other gadgets.
The FT reports that Apple’s plan is to make a “big play” in the area, and it will do this by giving official approval to various suppliers and device makers, in the same way that the ‘Made for iPhone’ programs does for hardware accessories like headphones.
It will also enable software support for the devices in iOS 8.
“The Cupertino-based company was likely to emphasise the privacy protections built into its smart home system, one person familiar with Apple’s plans told the FT, given heightened sensitivity about technology companies’ access to personal information amid revelations about US intelligence agencies’ online surveillance programs,” writes the news website.