With WWDC 2014 right around the weekend corner (literally), heck no you don't want to shut your computer down. Why, this week's news is chock full of rumor, leak, speculation, and the ravings of analysts. Ahem, we mean the well thought out considerations of those with virtually no evidence. On with the show!
Earlier this week reports that Apple was preparing to announce a "home automation" system of sorts during WWDC started making the rounds, which followed several months after the discovery of the patent for the process back in November. Now, Gigaom has some specifics on how the systems supposed to work after speaking with unnamed sources allegedly involved with the project.
While most Apple pundits have been focused on what Cupertino might be changing with this year's versions of OS X and iOS, a new report claims the iPhone maker plans to make a full-frontal assault on the home at WWDC 2014.
If the information from a new patent is correct, Apple's still doing more in the innovation department than investors may have realized. According to AppleInsider, the patent allows users to activate home devices through data on devices and objects such as iPhones, iPads, or even credit cards by alerting them of your approach, which would in turn affect climate control, on/off switches for lights, and much more.
If you're lucky enough to live in one of 15 markets, AT&T wants to blanket your domicile in the soothing comfort of automation and security, all controlled from the palm of your hand with most any smartphone.
Of all the elaborate app-based gadgets we’ve seen, Philips’ Hue Personal Wireless Lighting system is the most extravagant, yet also perhaps the most enticing. Priced at $200 for the starter kit and solely available via the Apple Store, Hue lets you light up your home with LED bulbs that you can command from afar using the free universal iOS app, tapping into nearly any color in the rainbow.