Apple’s WWDC Return to Smart Home Reflects Industry Shifting to Automation

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By Jonathan Collins | 3Q 2020 | IN-5870


Smart Home and Homekit on the (Virtual) WWDD Stage


Apple’s 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) brought the company’s smart home play back to the fore. While there was no new smart home-specific hardware—despite the lackluster appeal of the singular HomePod device—time was given to new smart home features due in the Fall release of iOS 14. The company’s commitment to the smart home Connected Home over IP (CHiP) Project and a push toward automated capabilities within the Apple Homekit smart home platform and ecosystem was also highlighted. Together, these announcements highlighted a shift in the direction of the smart home market

iOS 14 and Extended Smart Home Integration


As Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi and his colleagues went through the list of changes that iOS 14 will bring to Apple users, ChiP, HomeKit, and the Home app were all highlighted.

Apple emphasized its role in the CHiP project and how the project will draw more players, devices, and end users into the HomeKit ecosystem and the w…

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