updated 07:15 pm EDT, Mon May 26, 2014
New platform for controlling appliances may make iPhone, Apple TV a centerpiece
Confirming anticipated news, Apple has affirmed that the keynote address -- expected to preview iOS 8, OS X 10.10 and potentially some new announcements -- will be held on Monday, June 2 at 10AM PT (1PM ET) as expected. A new report from Britain's Financial Times suggests that the company may be on the verge of releasing a new standard for creating a "smart home" system with iOS devices at the core.
The article suggests that the company has in place a system to allow the iPad, iPhone and potentially even the Apple TV to control such household items as electronics, thermostats, security systems, lighting and other appliances. The company is expected to make user privacy a major differentiator between itself and Google, which recently told the FCC it planned to expand its advertising into such devices.
An example of the technology, which may rely on iBeacons, would be a home where the lights automatically come on as the owner enters carrying an iPhone. The alleged system is said to be open to support from third-party companies as well, using a system of authorized licensing similar to the current "made for i" program.
Apple has been filing patents for various home-automation ideas for years, many of which rely on the iPhone or iPod touch as the network-connected controller. Sources quoted in the report claim that even the most recent Apple TV will be compatible with the technology, allowing users that already have the current model to take advantage of the upgrade.