Apple used its Worldwide Developers Conference 2016 to make an announcement that is sure to send waves through the home automation industry. TechCrunch staffer Matt Burns takes a look at Apple's announcement of Home, an app that will allow a person to control all the devices in the home.
HomeKit, apple's Internet of Things platform, was first launched in 2014 and since that time Internet of Things marketplace has expanded. Home is Apple's attempt to bring all of those things together:
Now, with Home, all HomeKit-enabled devices from lights to thermostats to garage doors can be controlled from a single app. The app supports mass actions allowing the user to hit a single button to activate a series of devices. Hit, say, “I’m Leaving”, and the Home app will turn off the lights, turn down the thermostat and set the alarm.