What the Apple Watch tells us about Apple’s smart home plans


Not even 24 hours after the fact, my inbox is filling with commentary about how the Apple Watch is the next big controller for the internet of things as companies rush to combine the new Apple hotness with the internet’s current obsession with IoT. But in chatting with developers, and given what we know about the watch and the smart home, this isn’t the magical unifier for the internet of things people are hoping for.

At the Apple event Tuesday CEO Tim Cook mentioned how the latest product, the Apple Watch, would be able to open doors with a swipe and help control your lights and thermostats. Both lighting control company Lutron and Honeywell were mentioned as partners. The example of unlocking your door was being demoed at a Starwood hotel in Cupertino, Calif. earlier this week.

[company]Apple[/company] is doubling down in its app store model and pushing that…

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