At next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple is expected to unveil a brand new software platform for home-based devices. The “smart home” platform could turn the iPhone “into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances, as part of a move into the ‘internet of things’,” according to The Financial Times.

The report notes that Apple’s new platform will take on Google and Samsung and make a “big play” in the world of smart home technology. As a result, the connected-home system will give Apple users more reasons to buy several devices in the iOS family, including the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

To differentiate itself from Google, Apple’s new software platform is likely to emphasize privacy protections, “given heightened sensitivity about technology companies’ access to personal information amid revelations about US intelligence agencies’ online surveillance programmes.”

This is the first time we’ve heard that Apple is planning to unveil a new software platform for home-based devices. Whether it actually happens, remains to be seen.

It should be noted that The Financial Times was the first to report that Apple was planning on buying Beats Audio for $3.2 billion.

We should know Apple’s plans soon enough as the WWDC keynote address is scheduled for next Monday, June 2, beginning at 10 a.m. PDT.

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