Last week Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) rolled out iOS 10, which is tech talk for their tenth major software operating system for mobile devices.
Don’t worry if you didn’t order the new iPhone 7; this operating system is free for download on all existing Apple mobile devices.
Apple hasn’t disappointed with this milestone rollout, with tons of new convenience features, including “quick action widgets” and Apple Maps recommending locations and routes based upon your meeting invites.
While convenience features are cool, it’s the brand new apps that Apple rolls out on each major new release that really give us a glimpse into our tech futures…
Several years back, for iOS 8, Apple rolled out the HealthKit app that uses sensors in your phone to automatically track steps and flights climbed without even having to turn the app on. If you tie a fitness tracker, smart watch, or smart scale to your phone, you can track sleep, weight, and even vitals!
All of this information is called “lifestyle data,” and it’s turning into big business for companies to collect and sell to health insurance and medical research companies. This data can also help give your physician a better snapshot of your whole health picture.
Before the rollout of iOS 8, Apple had the foresight to realize how valuable this data was, so it designed the iPhone hardware and software around capturing it.
Now, for iOS 10, Apple has built a home automation app called HomeKit.
Chances are, you probably already have some form of proprietary home automation app on your phone that controls your security system, lights, or even doorbell camera. HomeKit, though, can be considered the mother of them all, integrating all connected home automation under one roof (no pun intended).
Apple has taken roughly two years to crack this complex nut, but what’s been delivered is simply out of this world.
For connected lighting products, it’s now possible to automatically control lumination levels based upon room location and mood.
Yep, I said mood!
There’s actually a button in the app that can adjust your home lighting to a dimmer, more relaxed state if you’re so inclined.
Now we just need to make sure our home speakers are connected online as well, so you can have a one-stop shop, Ladies-Man living room button, hold the Courvoisier.
Apple can do all of this through a concept called geo-fencing, which allows users to group together different home automation products by different rooms.
Users have the capability to now develop “scenes” that will turn on or adjust any connected product based upon timing and location.
My personal favorite combo is the shade opening, lights on, coffee maker brewing, stereo Metallica-rocking, wake-up alarm.
Gone are the days of traditional burglar alarms and automatic light timers. Now you can check your locks, turn on your lights, and blast your television or stereo music to keep the burglars away… all from wherever you and your phone are.
This is just the start, though. As the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution continues to connect more and more products online, your phone will eventually turn into your own Starship command center.
Apple’s HomeKit is making a massive disruption in the home automation industry as we know it. Count on your Dent Research team to provide you the latest insights into technology that you can profit from.
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