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AppleMagazine|December 31, 2021
BUILDING THE HOUSE OF THE FUTURE, TODAY

With the smart home market set to reach an eye-watering $100 billion by the end of 2021, it’s no wonder why companies like Google and Apple are ramping up their efforts to create technologies that transform homes and change the way we live. With more than 250 million smart homes around the world with a 12.2% penetration rate, there’s no going back, and with HomeKit evolutions, Apple can help consumers build the house of the future today.

THE IDEAL HOME OF THE FUTURE

Before we delve deeper into the new changes coming as part of iOS 15 that will make our homes even smarter and more convenient than ever before, it’s worth taking a minute to think about what the ideal home of the future could look like. Gone are the days where we thought clapping our hands to turn on the lights was the height of innovation - nowadays, we are spoilt with products and devices that save us time, make life easier, and allow us to lead more comfortably and less monotonous experiences. From turning on the lights and playing music in every room of the home to installing CCTV cameras that can be accessed on your iPhone and Apple TV, to ordering a grocery shop without looking at a screen at all, there are many things that have changed in recent years - and the truth is, it’s only going to get better.

44% of consumers say they want to see technology giants offer more integrated devices and services - with things such as electric vehicle charging pads, windows that automatically tint throughout the day to avoid glares, and automatically adjusting lights that change the amount of sunlight that can enter your home at the top of people’s priority list. Other items on the wishlist of an ideal home include door locks that can be activated by finger scanning or using your iPhone, windows, and doors that can be turned into soundproofing for peace and quiet, the ability to vary temperatures in an oven to cook multiple items at once, and a personalized heating system that changes and adjusts based on who’s in the room and what they’re using it for.

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