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Apple's connected-home strategy is based on its own devices, with a stringent third-party certification program to ensure security.


  • Though HomeKit offers innovative uses and enables communication between devices, Apple’s closed ecosystem means that HomeKit will struggle to become much more than a niche offering, particularly in comparison to open ecosystems such as Samsung’s SmartThings.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the strengths and weaknesses of Apple's smart-home strategy.
  • Compare Apple's smart-home strategy with that of rivals like Samsung and Amazon.

Key questions answered

  • How does Apple's smart-home strategy fit in with its core iPhone business?
  • What makes Apple's smart-home strategy stand out in relation to its rivals?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Smart Home: Apple outsources smart-home strategy to HomeKit partners for now

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