Second, HomeKit, a collection of tools to control various gadgets in the home. Think heat and air, appliances, lights, security, and more. All working together with Apple’s built-in apps. Why didn’t Apple build the HomeKit devices, too? Maybe they already did.
Welcome, Apple TV. Again.
Apple has sold many millions of the tiny Apple TV device in recent years. Maybe Apple’s hobby is about to transmogrify into a more useful product than streaming stuff to your television.
To pull together Apple’s idea of a smart home, look at what’s inside Apple TV, and what it could become in the next generation.
First, Apple TV is wireless. Wi-Fi is built-in. So is Bluetooth. By merely upgrading Apple TV to the latest A7 CPU, adding Bluetooth LE, a little more flash storage, and a few choice apps, Apple has the makings of the first HomeKit device.
Not only would you be able to use HomeKit-enabled apps to run various appliances from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, but your TV could be a hub of information as well as entertainment.
Apple TV can play games, run TV shows and movies, as well as Podcasts, play iTunes Radio, and give you access to a bunch of other nominal-to-useless activities. So, why not make it the home screen for the home.
Click to Apple TV to get status updates on appliances while you sit and watch. Click again to view the view from all the security cameras in the house. Toss in a little home iBeacon and keep other family members updated (or watched).
What makes Apple TV the perfect HomeKit device? It’s small and unobtrusive; easy to hide, yet always on and low power, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a simple device that automatically talks to your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Windows PCs.
There’s little doubt that the home of the future will feature dozens of smart devices, all connected to the internet– and all of them sending information about your devices, and you, to their respective manufacturers.
I would much rather have all my smart appliances talking to my Apple Home box (a new name for Apple TV) than anyone else. Then, let my Apple Home talk to my iPhone or iPad regardless of where I may be at the time.
The TV is often the center of the home, so it’s time for Apple TV to grow up, too.