Apple's plan to take over your entire home will start in these two categories
The first batch of products built on top of Apple's HomeKit - a framework that helps develop iPhone-controlled home appliances - are finally out. The products range from a lighting dimmer and an air quality monitor to an energy consumption tracker and a door locks controller.
The first HomeKit-based products show which categories will lead the way for the broader shift to a connected-home: home-energy equipment and home safety and security systems. According to BI Intelligence, most of the connected-home devices will first be built in these two areas, as they are fairly cheap and easy to install - making them more accessible for average homeowners.
Smart home-energy devices, such as the Nest thermostat, are expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 74% between 2014 and 2019, while home safety and security systems, led by companies like Dropcam, are set to see a 77% compound annual growth rate by 2019. And with the number of households with broadband internet connections expected to reach 1.2 billion globally, connected-home devices will only continue to grow.