IDC: Lighting, security cameras to drive smart home device sales

“Sales of smart home devices will surge this year thanks to the hot categories of home monitoring and security and connected lighting, research firm IDC said Friday,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “IDC predicts smart home device shipments will increase 26.9% year over year to 832.7 million units in 2019. It forecast shipments reaching nearly 1.6 billion devices in 2023 as consumers adopt multiple devices in their homes.”

“While Amazon and Google dominate in the smart home market today, Apple could gain traction in the coming years, IDC said,” Seitz reports. “Apple sells the HomePod smart speaker with Siri voice assistant. It also has iOS software tools for controlling smart home devices using Apple gadgets like the iPhone and iPad.”

“Smart lighting products will be the fastest-growing segment of the smart home market over the next five years, IDC said. It predicted that shipments of connected lighting products will rise at a compound annual rate of 34% over the forecast period,” Seitz reports. “Home monitoring and security devices will be the second fastest-growing segment of the market, IDC said. It predicted a compound annual growth rate of 25.8% for the category. Other categories include smart speakers, thermostats and video entertainment products.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Only purchase smart home devices that Apple HomeKit-compatible.

Apple maintains a list of HomeKit-compatible smart accessories here.

CNET also offers a HomeKit-compatible list of products here.

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Tons of new HomeKit gear is landing this year as adoption quickly accelerates – January 15, 2019
Apple’s HomeKit was a surprise winner of CES 2019 – January 9, 2019
Apple’s Siri has gotten a lot more accurate over the past 9 months – December 21, 2018
AI guru John Giannandrea named to Apple’s executive team – December 20, 2018
Former Apple employees on Eddy Cue: Siri and Eddy were ‘a bad fit’ – September 5, 2018
Apple’s Siri improved by 11 percentage points in correct answers over the last 15 months – July 25, 2018
Apple combines machine learning and Siri teams under John Giannandrea – July 10, 2018
Apple’s ‘personal assistant activation’ patent application hints at improved Siri – May 10, 2018
iOS 11.4 will allow Siri to recognize AirPlay commands – May 3, 2018
Apple’s A.I. efforts get shot of adrenaline with Giannandrea coup – April 6, 2018
A.I. defector gives Apple access to Google’s secrets – April 6, 2018
Gene Munster: Poaching AI chief John Giannandrea from Google a win for Apple – April 5, 2018
Apple hires Google’s A.I. chief to improve Siri – April 4, 2018


  1. Don’t put your eggs on one basket. Use an open source server like OpenHAB or Home Assistant and control all your devices regardless of what Apple, Amazon or Google want you to do.

    1. Oh, come on! Apple is like a church; There can be only one God: Mac. “Thow shall have no other Gods before me.” Same in marriage, there can be only one spouse. To follow your open source practice, one could choose to have more than one god and more than one spouse or, if the latter, perhaps one can rely on a whore for open source services rather than being devoted to the spouse.

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