The Financial Times reports that Apple is making a move into smart home technology, by developing a software platform that would turn the iPhone into a remote control for home appliances.
Apple is reportedly in talks with smart home device manufacturers to certify their products for use with Apple’s devices, similar to the “Made for iPhone” label given to compatible accessories now. If true, the initiative is expected to be announced at WWDC on June 2, according to the FT, though it notes that the company may change its plans for WWDC at the last minute.
Meanwhile, The Information reports that Google, which stepped into the smart home market earlier this year when it bought Nest Labs for $3.2 billion, is planning to move into home security. It is said to have considered acquiring Dropcam to accelerate such plans, though The Information notes that the status of talks between the two companies are unclear at the moment.