“With iPhones in pockets, Macs on desks, iPads in bags, and iWatches soon coming to the wrist, Apple is said to be eyeing another category for continued growth: Smart Home hardware,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac. “The Cupertino-company is said to have assembled a team to work on various hardware products for the home that deeply integrate with the existing array of Apple devices on the market.”

“The development of these home products could be paused at anytime, but Apple is said to be beyond the exploratory phase of development,” Gurman reports. “The sources say that Apple is unlikely to move forward with devices to compete directly with Google’s Nest as the Cupertino-company feels it can build products that can gain usage wider than that of thermostats and smoke detectors.”

“It is likely that Apple is building advanced speaker systems or control panels for homes, the sources say,” Gurman reports. “It is possible that Apple’s recent acquisition of Beats Electronics and the audio company’s existing speaker systems play into this vision… The Information is also reporting that Apple is developing hardware built on HomeKit software.”

Much more in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: Someone, have a heart, and send Sonos execs a case of adult diapers, will ya?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dan K." for the heads up.]