Will The iWatch Be The Remote Control To Your Smart Home?

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What exactly is the iWatch going to be? A tiny smartphone screen on your wrist that shows you notifications? The Pebble watch shows that such an approach can be popular, but it’s not going to set the world on fire the way we expect from Apple.

So what will it be? One analyst has an interesting theory: it’ll be a home automation gateway that controls all the smart objects in your house.

According to a new note by Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White:

As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the “iWatch” and described this potential new device as much more than an extension of your iPhone but as a multi-purpose gateway in allowing consumers to control their home (i.e., heating/cooling, lights, audio, video, etc.).

What he’s forecasting here is that the iWatch will essentially become a home remote. Apple would sell some sort of MFI certification, and all the Philips Hues and Nest thermostats in the world would be able to be controlled directly from the device on your wrist.

It’s an interesting theory, but I don’t see how a smartwatch is better suited to being a home-automation remote than an iPhone. Whatever the iWatch ends up being, it needs to do what it does better than an iPhone can. What do you think?

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  • DanBoltron

    I read this on an article from Zite as well John… Let me guess- Later today Cult of Mac will have an article about Samsung buying a fingerprint sensor company. Yes, I read that on Zite just like you guys will have. Ho hum…

  • Fofer

    I read this on an article from Zite as well John… Let me guess- Later today Cult of Mac will have an article about Samsung buying a fingerprint sensor company. Yes, I read that on Zite just like you guys will have. Ho hum…

    Zite is a news aggregator, not a creator of news content. Cult of Mac got this particular news from modmyi.com: http://modmyi.com/content/12462-analyst-believes-iwatch-will-do-more-than-just-iphone-companion.html

    …and John article properly attributes ModMyi, with the “Via ModMyi” link on the bottom of the article. So what’s your point, Dan?

  • ivanilieff

    I don’t think there’s ever going to be an iWatch. I can’t believe Samsung fell for that cheap trick and spent so much resources on Gear, which turns out to be a gigantic flop.
    Unless a “watch” is capable of projecting some control surface like a hologram, it can never be as functional as a smartphone. Over time, watches have completely lost their practical application and have turned into accessories.

  • CrimsonZA

    You imply that all the Pebble does is notifications when it can, in fact, do everything described about the alleged iWatch capability. Not just for iPhone but also for Android, you can make an app that can remotely control many things with the Pebble. Here’s a video of the Pebble controlling the exact lamp you described, the Phillips Hue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v4EAoCIWi0

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