“Apple is now officially an energy company,” Travis Hoium writes for The Motley Fool. “As a result, it can sell energy into the wholesale market, just like any other independent power producer.”

“Apple may have bigger ambitions than just developing solar for its data centers. It may eventually become an energy hub itself,” Hoium writes. “If you look at how HomeKit is being positioned by Apple, it’s going to be the brains behind everything in your house. Lights, heating, cooling, washer, dryer, dishwasher, and even your security system connect to HomeKit. It knows when you’re home and what your preferences are on a daily basis.”

Hoium writes, “For homes with solar energy and battery energy storage, why wouldn’t Apple control those devices as well?”

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MacDailyNews Take: It feels like forever we’ve been waiting for HomeKit-based home automation to take off. Hopefully, with Apple’s forthcoming Home app, the avalanche of products will really start flowing!

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