Analyst believes iWatch is likely to have home automation features as well
There has already been a lot of speculation about Apple’s smartwatch. According to an analyst, its likely that the iWatch might also have home automation features.
Time and time again it has been rumored that Apple is working on a smartwatch of its own, though the company is yet to acknowledge the existence of such a device. Recent reports suggest that the iWatch isn’t going to be released until next year. It is expected to have a 1.3 inch OLED display and features that make it more than just an ordinary smartwatch, that’s just an extension of the iPhone.
While its likely that the iWatch will display notifications and other information from the iPhone, it is also expected to have a number of features that will set it apart from its competitors. According to Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald, the iWatch is going to be a multi-purpose gateway that will customers to control their home, such as heating/cooling, audio, video, lights and more. Currently iOS devices can be used for home automation purposes, Philips Hue lightbulbs and Nest thermostat can be controlled via their apps, but to offer features like this Apple would either have to make the relevant accessories itself or enter into some sort of a licensing agreement with companies who make such home automation accessories.
It has also been rumored that iWatch is going to be fitness focused, what this means is that the smartwatch is likely to have an array of sensors that tracks various physical parameters of the user. Still, none of this is confirmed to be present in the iWatch, seeing as how at this point in time, this is just a big bunch of unconfirmed rumors.