With the WWDC next month, the excitement surrounding the event is amping up given that alongside the rumoured launch of the MacBook lineup, Apple loyalists will enjoy a preview of iOS 10.
There have been many rumours and speculations surrounding the iOS 10 but the latest comes straight from a source believed to be an Apple employee. And it turns out that the next iOS will bring a more dedicated approach towards smart home control. Back during WWDC 2014, fans witnessed the launch of HomeKit but it has since been a background platform for use of developers, as noted by Tech Radar. Now, it appears that the new software update will bring it front and centre for users.
The word comes from an Apple employee, with the identity being verified by Mac Rumors suggesting that the Amazon review indeed came from the right source. The Apple employee wrote on Amazon:
“As I work in marketing for Apple, we test many Smart Home devices, especially for iOS HomeKit integration…Some advice, there are many third party applications, most free, that offer more control and customization(s) with many Smart Home devices. “Yonomi” is a free app that I often use, “Home” is another which cost $14.99. Both offer support for many devices with more added daily (including Amazon “Echo”). The next version of iOS due this fall will have a standalone “HomeKit” app as well.”
Reportedly, Apple has also already trademarked a HomeKit app icon. It is being speculated that this could well be used for a “standalone HomeKit app” which may be called “Home.” However, with no way to confirm the moniker, take this details with a pinch of salt. It is also noteworthy, that Apple’s plan could undergo changes and the HomeKit app may not be made public. With just a few weeks to go, more concrete reports should surface soon in this regard.
Check back for more updates and speculations about the iOS 10.