As the world’s Apple fans tensely wait to hear what new innovations will be announced at this year’s WWDC event, the Financial Times has already begun to unveil Apple’s development plans.
Apple is reportedly planning to make it first significant entry into the realm of smart home technology. The Financial Times claims to know that the technology giant is preparing a home system that allows users to syncronise lights, appliances and security systems with their iPhone.
The developments are scheduled to be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Referred to as the ‚Dub Dub‘ by Apple employees, the WWDC is an annual conference where Apple presents new software and hardware to its developers.
The conference is also expected to showcase iOS8 and OS X 10.10, which are scheduled for release this autumn. Following Apple’s purchase of Beats Electronics, it is also believed that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the founders of Beats, will make an appearance at the event.
Apple’s Internet of iThings
Apple’s plans mark a significant interest in the rapidly growing Internet of Things, the term for smart objects that can be connected to and controlled by another device.
Having grown rapidly since the area first became popuar in 2010, the Internet of Things already accounts for close to 2 billion devices, and is estimated to grow to 9 billion by 2018.
Apple’s smart home system could be used to allow a user to control their lighting, heating or even surveillance via their iPhone.
Meanwhile, rumours have surfaced that Google is planning to expand on its smart home investments by acquiring the smart home surveillance system Dropcam.
Apple is not yet commenting on rumours about its smart home technology, and is presumably waiting to officially announce all details at the WWDC, which starts next week.