A revamped Apple TV could have huge smart home implications

Apple will be releasing a new version of its Apple TV set top box in September, according to Buzzfeed
sources. The new Apple TV is rumoured to have a revamped processor, a remote with a touch-pad, its own App Store, and Siri voice control.

While many are focused on the potential Apple TV could have paired with Apple’s rumoured streaming service, the BI Intelligence Internet of Things team is interested in the impact of the revamped Apple TV could have on Apple’s Homekit. The new features could make the Apple TV a particularly attractive smart home “remote.”

BI Intelligence refers to devices that enable the consumer to control their Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including their smart home systems, as “IoT Remotes.” They include smartphones, PCs, tablets, connected TVs, smartwatches, and nontraditional remotes, like Amazon’s Echo. Without them, an IoT system would be useless because the consumer would have difficulty controlling the device.

In new research from BI Intelligence, we examine the growth trajectory for the different types of IoT remotes. The note analyses the different use case for each type of remote, and what the growth of these device categories means for the Internet of Things market.

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Here are some of the key points from the research:

In full, the note:

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