“I believe the Apple TV has a lead role to play in Apple’s HomeKit strategy,” Christopher Breen writes for Macworld. “Specifically, it will act as a hub — a kind of traffic cop for the various smart devices in your home.”
“The benefits are obvious. First, with local control you needn’t maintain an Internet connection to take advantage of your various devices. Just log into them through your Apple TV, and you’re in command,” Breen writes. “Secondly, any information generated by these devices can remain on the Apple TV, rather than be spit out to dozens of companies across the globe. The Apple TV can encrypt any communications and transmit data that is almost entirely anonymous.”
“Finally, the Apple TV is always on, so you might as well give it something to do. While your computer could run a smart home, it makes little sense to keep your computer running 24 hours a day just so it can relay the occasional home-centric message from one device to another,” Breen writes. “This is a good start, but it’s not a complete picture.”
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