FT: Apple working on home automation software platform

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

The FT reports Apple (AAPL) plans to show off a software platform that would "turn the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances" at its June 2-6 WWDC conference.

Apple's home automation solution will reportedly work with Apple TV (in addition to the iPhone/iPad), and do things such as allow a home’s lights to "automatically come on when the owner enters the house, using their iPhone to wirelessly signal their arrival." The company is said to be talking with OEMs to certify their products.

The report follows Google's $3.2B deal to buy smart thermostat/smoke detector maker Nest Labs, which was founded by iPod "godfather" Tony Fadell and features many other ex-Apple engineers/designers. Last year, Microsoft bought home automation startup R2 Studios, reportedly beating out Apple and Google along the way.

As it is, Apple has launched, or is reported to be launching, a slew of platforms meant to allow iDevices to connect/interact with 3rd-party hardware. Others include CarPlay, iBeacon, and a (rumored) mobile payments service. The company is also expected to launch (via iOS 8) a Healthbook app that will interact with various health sensors, and possibly an iWatch.

Automation hardware/software vendors Control4 (CTRL) and Echelon (ELON) could move on the report. Each shot higher after Google/Nest was announced.