Is Apple using your TV to enter your house?

Apple TV with HomeKit

With the acquisition of the NEST, Google found a way to enter your home. The NEST could become a platform and a future hub for a connected or smart house. Apple did not have such an entry point yet, but might have found one. The latest beta-release of the Apple TV software includes support for HomeKit.

The Apple TV will use CloudKit to store and access the necessary information of the devices and iCloud Keychain to store paired keys making it possible to remotely access your Philips Hue lights from the office or any other device that supports HomeKit and is connected to the Apple TV.

This could boost the development of a whole new range of connected devices for the smart home. The question now is whether Apple is going to develop these new products as well.

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