“Imagine this: You’re just getting home from a long day at work. But instead of flipping a light switch or blasting the air conditioning, you reach for your iPhone and say, ‘Hey Siri, I’m home,'” Lisa Eadicicco reports for TIME Magazine. “Suddenly, the lights turn on, the window shades begin to rise, and the temperature cools.”

MacDailyNews Take: Why would you need to say anything? Your iPhone already knows it’s home. Just arrive and whatever you’ve set up happens. It just works.

“This is how Apple wants us to live in the not-too-distant future,” Eadicicco reports. “The Cupertino, Calif. company took its first significant step in this direction in 2014 with the introduction of HomeKit, which lets users control Internet-connected appliances with their iPhones. But HomeKit has a significant drawback: It lacks a central hub for users with lots of different kinds of that equipment.”

“That will change when Apple releases iOS 10 this fall. Included in the new iPhone software will be an app called Home, which will function as a control center for smart home gear from lightbulbs to thermostats,” Eadicicco reports. “It’s a big step for Apple, and for smart home technology in general…”

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MacDailyNews Take: Thanks to Apple, the smarthome is about to become reality for the masses.

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