The WWDC Smart Home Roundup

Apple’s 2019 WWDC Keynote announced an overwhelming amount of new hardware and software updates, and among those are several features designed to produce a better functioning smart home. I’ve gathered an isolated list of updates to our home technology. Check back here at The Autonomous for detailed analyses of some of these updates.

HomePod Multi-user Support

Multiple family members will be able to use voice recognition to make personal requests to Siri on the HomePod. This includes personal requests to Notes, Reminders, Calendar, and Apple Music.

Apple TV Multi-user Support

Like HomePod, multiple family members will be able to see personalized video recommendations within the Apple TV app and Apple Music.

Expanded Apple TV Controller Support

The Apple TV will expand its controller support to both the Xbox One S and Playstation’s Dualshock 4 controllers.

Secure Router Integration with HomeKit

Wifi routers will be able to integrate with Apple to establish a firewall specifically to keep HomeKit accessories from accessing the entirety of the home network. Current integrated brands include Eero, Linksys, and Spectrum.

Secure Video Capturing with HomeKit

Select home security brands (currently Logitech, Netatmo, and Arlo) will integrate with Apple to allow secure video processing on the home-network, before encrypting and saving to iCloud for 10 days.

AirPod Audio Sharing

With AirPods, users will be able to easily share audio - like music or podcasts - with a friends’ AirPods to simultaneously listen.

Suggested Shortcuts

The Shortcuts app is being updated with automated Shortcut suggestions. These suggestions will be custom designed based on actions taken on a regular basis by the user on their iPhone.

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