The rumours from earlier this week of a smart home system may be slightly off the mark, with Apple looking to certify home automation devices already on the market and future devices under the ‘Made for iPhone’ label rather than creating products itself.
The latest, from Gigaom, says the program will allow users to control connected devices via Wi-Fi.
“My sources, who spoke only on background because of their involvement or knowledge of the program, explain that the smart home effort will have a heavy focus on connecting devices easily via Wi-Fi and will likely offer voice control via Bluetooth as well,” Gigaom reports.
“However, it won’t have some sort of software-based automation layer controlled by Apple that supersedes the original apps.”
The plan from Apple, according to Gigaom, is for Apple to select third-party products that will function with its devices and give them a ‘Made for iPhone’ label. Then consumers will know which products on the market will work within their home automation system. Essentially, Apple will be offering suggestions to aid consumers through the complicated mess that is home automation.
The move will most likely mean Apple will suggest a number of manufacturers that have agreed to produce products for iOS devices, in a similar vein to Apple’s launch of CarPlay.
Apple is expected to discuss the smart home concept at WWDC on Tuesday morning, alongside iOS 8 and OS X 10.10.