HomeKit and Home Automation May Be the Third Battle Field

If you look at Apple products in detail we will see that a very specific pattern follow. Both its successes and its failures tend to be conceived as a platform rather than as a simple stand-alone product. The difference between the two is in how the platform has settled and what is its role in the whole of the Apple ecosystem. Every successful product has managed to fit into the whole and play as a team with other products and platforms. Adding value to the whole in a way or another.

With time and the lessons learned from a sometimes painful failures, Apple has improved his technique. I believe that we are about to witness an event that you link the best moves of recent years in a unique keynote. Tomorrow we could be witnessing the birth not a new platform but three platforms in one. Having seen the possible role of the iWatch in our health and mobile payments in detail, now it’s the shift to home automation.

As it happens with other markets where Apple goes, they have not opened it. The intelligent House has been an idea that takes many years between us. However, it is a fragmented market and without a leader clear that still not it has become popular among the masses. The solutions offered are partial and There is a unique and coherent vision. This is why this market gathers all the conditions for the entry of a heavyweight with sufficient decision to turn it over.

Looking for the pieces of the puzzle: HomeKit

If you remember what we saw during the WWDC of June about HomeKit, you probably quedasteis with the feel of that commented on it in passing. And who does not want the thing. In just a couple of minutes aired one aspect that I think is key to the chances of the success of the iWatch. But if you look closely at the photo above, you will see that the Californian company has managed to bring together 17 manufacturers related to home automation.

As important as Withings or Philips companies are among them. Surely in recent months adhered a few more to the program. Effort that dedicated Apple to get these allies will have been significant time and resources and are not the result of “do something to do”.

After having signed a number of allies to its initiative, Apple introduced HomeKit and its API to the audience of developers. The idea behind HomeKit is the gather all solutions home automation that exist at present in iOS in one place. Centralize and ensure compatibility between different manufacturers, In addition to creating a common to all security framework. The variety of devices and apps that managed them began to be a problem, according to Craig Federighi:

according to Opelikafashion,Lights, locks of doors, webcams, garage doors and thermostats, each one has their app, its own protocol of connection and its own security mechanism. We believe that we can contribute something head to this situation.

But I doubt that Apple is content with rationalizing a market that threatened to turn into a mess. That is not his style.

iWatch, the product that would accompany HomeKit

Although HomeKit is an app that will come from series 8 for iPhone IOS, I believe that the true value of Apple wearable desentrañará. There are a number of characteristics that differentiate it from other products of the Cupertino. A wearable would always be with us, glued to our skin. It is more intimate than a smartphone, a tablet or a computer. With Siri helping us control our House.

For this reason, I think that if you look at products mentioned Federighi during the keynote of last June, we could take a little imagination to see what role would play a hypothetical iWatch:

  • Lights: turn on and turn off lights with a switch, an iWatch could communicate with the installed sensors (iBeacons at home?) in each room to announce our presence, see what light there is in it and decide if artificial light is required. All automatically and without intervention on our part.
  • Closing of doors: the door of your House with the iWatch and a dual authentication system. You move the wearable with a sensor and type a safety PIN. Touch ID integrated in the door for superior security? As an additive, to see who knocks at the door thanks to a camera integrated in it.
  • Webcams: Similarly, watching our House in our absence from the comfort of your wrist.
  • Garage doors: the proximity of the iWatch joined our car CarPlay system could shoot the opening of the garage without pressing a button on the blessed.
  • Thermostats: joined HealthKit and constant monitoring of sleep, you could adjust the temperature of the House according to the cycle of sleep in which we find ourselves as well as the alarm that we have scheduled. In addition, we could control the thermostat at any time with a flick of your finger on the screen of the iWatch.

The keys are lost, commanders are forgotten and temperature and safety controllers require a 30-page manual. I think that HomeKit comes to simplify our lives the same way they do other bite Apple products: making the technology disappears.

At least one part of these features could be handled from an iPhone, but I think that Apple would prefer to host them in a wearable. So he descargaría work to the iPhone and its crushed battery. It is easier and more convenient for the end user. In addition to that, it would be one more reason to sell many iWatch, of course.

Health, mobile payments and authentication and now our homes might be the killer apps of the highly anticipated Apple iWatch. Will we see a demonstration of these in the mysterious white building next to the Flint Center?