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The NextMarket Report — Apple

Podcast: The WWDC 2016 Smart Home Review

Mike Wolf Apple HomeKit Podcast WWDC

What did Apple announce at their Worldwide Developer Conference in smart home? Listen to the podcast to find out! Specifically: -Mike talks about the Apple Home app -features such as scenes, geofencing, Siri access and more -He talks about what the news from Apple means from the smart home industry -He gives a bonus update on some fairly big news around smart home coming out of Bluetooth this week If you want to get this analysis in written form, subscribe to Mike's smart home newsletter here: nextmarket.co/pages/keep-updated…extmarket-insights Follow him on Twitter to let him know why he should have known...

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NextMarket Report: Apple's Home App & What It Means, IControl Acquisition Rumors, Bluetooth 5

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NextMarket Report: Apple's Home App & What It Means, IControl Acquisition Rumors, Bluetooth 5

About midway through every year, the smart home industry has a deep think about its current state of evolution and Apple's place in it. That's when Apple holds WWDC, its annual developer conference, and for the last three years, the smart home industry has listened with breathless anticipation to the introductory keynote to see and hear what Apple has in store for it.  If we were to analyze the journey so far, the ups and down cycle maps somewhat closely to the three act structure of a VH1 Behind the Music episode: Two years ago we got HomeKit and all the excitement that comes with Apple entering a new...

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Analysis: The Apple Home App, HomeKit, And The Smart Home Industry In 2016

Mike Wolf Apple Apple Home HomeKit

Last year, after another WWDC keynote had passed by and Apple neglected to mention any updates to its smart home framework in HomeKit, I tweeted that the company's HomeKit push amounted what had to be one of the softest launches ever for a big Apple initiative.   If this #HomeKit launch gets any softer, it'll become a gas. — Michael Wolf (@michaelwolf) June 8, 2015 Well with today's news about a dedicated Home app, I'm happy to say we may have moved beyond the gas phase to the gelatinous mass phase of HomeKit market evolution. More seriously, by talking about HomeKit after effectively a two-year silence, Apple made...

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Apple May Launch A Visual (Not Voice) Interface For The Home Next Week

Mike Wolf Apple Echo HomeKit Visual Interface

Apple May Launch A Visual (Not Voice) Interface For The Home Next Week

This year, the dominant story in the smart home so far - and tech more broadly - is the Amazon Echo, Alexa and the growing excitement over voice interfaces. The tech industry has proclaimed this the era of the voice interface, and the exuberance has only intensified over the past month as Google announced their own smart home speaker/virtual assistant with a voice interface, Google Home. As someone who's been researching next-gen interfaces for the past couple years, I wholeheartedly believe what Amazon and Google are doing here - as well as what Apple started before that with Siri - is game changing. That said, I also believe...

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NextMarket Report: Apple's Echo, Platform Fatigue, Eero and Pebble Core

Mike Wolf Alexa Amazon Apple Echo Eero Pebble

There's been lots of interesting smart home news this week, including a report of a new Echo-like device from Apple, a new smart water joint venture from Belkin and, perhaps most surprisingly, a new crowdfunding campaign for a do-anything button from wearable pioneer Pebble.    On the rumor front, The Information had a report about Apple creating a device to put, as my friends at HomeTech.FM would say, "Siri in a Can". If the report is true, I'm glad that Apple finally appears to be doing something new in the connected home, but also have to wonder if the company's falling behind in key areas...

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