Apples Smarthome Hub Refreshing in September

Published: Tue, 04 Aug 2015

Apple TV, the Smarthome hub for HomeKit, is finally getting a refresh in September. This announcement had been expected early in the year, but was put off in lieu of other Apple priorities. So it appears that the Smarthome may be back in Apple's cross hairs. Anticipated improvements to the box include the A8 system on a chip, more storage, Siri support, and perhaps most interestingly a long-awaited App Store and the software development kit developers need to populate it. This is a significant overhaul to a product that hasn't really changed since 2012. Apparently Apple's long-anticipated internet-TV service won't be announced with the new box. This is likely intentional, giving the developer community a head start to develops apps prior to the service being released. The most relevant implication for the Smarthome is that the Apple TV will have a new remote that has been upgraded with a touch-pad input. Korner's contention is that although this is another step toward what could be an impressive ecosystem, it doesn't appear that there is a lot of focus on a cost effective entry point into the Smarthome.

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