9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman says that lthough Apple unveiled its HomeKit platform for developers at this year’s WWDC, the company is now working on actual hardware products for everyday users.
Gurman’s sources haven’t specified exactly what types of devices Apple is working on, but they did reportedly say that the connected home space will be an important market for Apple moving forward.
He says these smart home devices would integrate deeply with Apple’s existing products, such as its line of iPhones and iPads.
Apple’s smart home product probably won’t compete with the Nest Learning Thermostat or the newly announced Honeywell Lyric. Rather, it will focus on something a little more mainstream that will get more widespread usage.
This could mean Apple is working on a smart speaker system or some type of controller for the devices in your home, Gurman’s sources reportedly said. There’s also no specific timeline for the product(s), so there’s no telling when or if we’ll see such devices hit the market.
This report comes just after The Information reported similar news on Wednesday regarding Apple’s plan to develop devices for the smart home.
This also isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Apple is interested in creating a gadget that can act as a universal controller for your home.