Today Apple announced a new line of iPhones, the long rumored Apple Watch, and their long-rumored payments system Apple Pay, which is built off of NFC capabilities, coupled with their Touch ID system. Amid the announcements, one thing was absolutely clear across all the devices, and services, that Apple announced: The Internet of Things is here, and Apple is leading the way.
Across the new devices, the presence of more sensors, chips, and processors points to how device and application makers like Apple and its App Ecosystem are focused on gathering, processing and reacting to more real-world inputs. Already iPhones are an impressive array of sensors for such a small package, and the new iPhones add an NFC chip, a gyroscope, a barometer, as well as the new M8 Motion processor, designed to help App Developers take advantage of all these new motion tracking chips without overloading the processor and draining the battery life. Additionally, the Apple Watch adds additional sensors to the ecosystem, an additional accelerometer, a heart rate Monitor, a gyroscope, an NFC chip, and a haptic feedback chip. With multiple overlapping capabilities between iPhone and Apple Watch, app developers will have an even more complete picture of how you are interacting with your environment, and how to appropriately interact with you.
Additionally, Apple’s announcements earlier this year around its improved API kits in iOS8 indicate that they intend to make many of these capabilities easier for their developers to use. Specifically available in their new release are API kits for Health Information (Likely first from the Apple Watch and iPhone), Biometric Authentication, As well as Home Automation APIs. Combined with improved notifications and the ecosystem built around the Watch, iPhone, iPad, and other peripheral devices, Apple is demonstrating a strong vision for how IoT devices should interact, and be controlled across ecosystems. By presenting strong developer kits, they also demonstrate commitment to partners and app developers that they intend to provide enough information that viable businesses and capabilities can be generated from participation in the ecosystem, and finally, by committing to consumers that their data will be secure, and anonymous when necessary, they proved a way to allow 3rd parties to use information without needing to grant them complete access to any information.
Originally published by Saugatuck Lens360 blog on September 9, 2014. Published with permission.
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