With the release of iOS 8 and its new features like HealthKit, a more glossed over addition was made to the Apple ecosystem; HomeKit. HomeKit, as its name reveals, hopes to change the way Apple users interact with their homes. The application, standard in all iOS devices, seeks to put home automation in the hands of consumers. While developers are still scrabbling to create HomeKit devices, several have been announced. The devices are contemplated to include smart objects like door locks and chargers. This move follows Samsung’s acquisition of Georgetown based SmartThings this past summer. We may be gearing up to see another battle between between two competing ecosystems in a nature similar to Android vs. iOS.
Coming off of Apple’s received negative attention for the iCloud hacking that left dozens of nude celebrity photos leaked, it will be interesting to see how consumers react to sharing more information with Apple. Although details of the ecosystem are still sparse, the ability to unlock doors and control appliances using an Apple device has privacy implications that reach far into the physical world.
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