The pace of the technology market is frantic. In the case of Apple, we have annual events with almost all your devices and operating systems. iPhone in September, iPad in October (at least, until last year), Macs throughout the year and it seems that Apple Watch and Apple TV will be your hollow in April and September, respectively. Then we have iOS in September along with the new iPhone and the update of OS X that launches in September and October.
In this calendar of hardware and software updates, we have other occasional services and apps. For the latter, it is more difficult to establish when will be updated. In this category HomeKit and Apple Pay are. Both are parts of the ecosystem of Apple in the game of the annual renewal for the simple reason that his move is a long-term.
So the question is, how much have made progress this year and what we can expect from them in the future?
HomeKit and domotics tailor drawer
I’ve been listening to the words “home automation” at least ten years. In all this time, dozens of companies have presented their solutions to give higher intelligence to our homes. Although in reality, this has only rather than complicate the purchase decision for the end customer. Home Automation is still waiting for the consolidation of solutions
Each of these companies has created its own particular standard that, of course, are usually incompatible or difficult to integrate with the rest of companies. In countries like the United States, we can meet with companies of cable TV, internet service providers or connected accessories manufacturers trying to market their products.
On top of all of them, we have HomeKit Apple and Google with Android Home, in addition to the search engine is the owner of the startup founded by Tony Fadell (former Apple employee), Nest domotics. Both companies do not cease to be one more to provide their own solutions, adding complication to the current scene.
In the case of Apple, we know that it intends to act in hub of the connected systems Home: automatic blinds, garage doors, radiators, air conditioners, lights and more. We saw a sample of six of them at CES in January. A few months later be confirmed numerous products from companies like ElGato and iHome. Apple TV will act as the nerve centre of the HomeKit
To do this, from Cupertino want to Apple TV as the hub needed to centralize all orders that we give from our iPhone both Siri position. That the aftermarket solutions. But they know little.
A home automation of truth is what integrates all these systems since its construction. It is the ideal of the House connected, where everything is already designed to be smart without the need for adapters to outdated systems (for example, plugs smart which are connected to the traditional ones).
The main problem of this new paradigm is obvious: one does not change of House so often to as it does electronic device and when it does, the new home does not have to be home automation. More than anything, because these connected households are not frequent.
There is no doubt that here HomeKit paper is intended for the long term, a timeline that could well include one or two decades. What we can be sure is that the Campus 2 Apple is building in Cupertino It is being a field testing of home automation technologies.
Apple Pay and its slow deployment
More than 650 organizations in the U.S. have embraced Apple Pay
Apple Pay is the second case in which a company directed by Tim Cook service will require its deployment time. It began in the United States after the release of iOS 8.1 and since then He added the surprising figure of more than 650 banks in the country.
In July we saw how United Kingdom became part of this “exclusive” club of Apple Pay with 13 banks, including Banco Santander (thanks to its acquisition a few years ago of Abbey Bank). This gave hopes for the adoption of the mobile payment system in Spain, where Apple has finished confirming that come along 2016 at the hands of American Express.
Before the end of this year, we should also see the incorporation of Canada and Australia, but we have not heard a word about Latin America. On this point, it is hoped that the high presence of Spanish banks in Latin America (BBVA, Santander), especially Mexico, Colombia, Brazil or Peru, Act catalyst for Apple Pay.
Here we must bear in mind that Apple must not only negotiate with each bank individually, but also the level of deployment of TPVs adapted to contactless payment technology. This last variable is completely outside the scope of California.
Another issue that should not be neglected is the possibility of person-to-person payments with Apple Pay, something in what is rumored that Apple is already working. A new face of this service that we don’t yet know the impact that will have.
The future according to Disney
Last year I wrote about how Disney gave us clues about the features that Apple Watch would have. I think the argument is still valid and shows us What we could expect from both technologies, HomeKit and Apple Pay in the future.
Someday, we hope that soon, we can do everything that shows us the video and much more than one way to natural and fully integrated in our lives. Pay for your purchases, open the door of House or pass through security control in the enterprise, entering one hotel either without doing checkin at reception and change the temperature of our House before our arrival. Disney showed us a year ago a pinch of the connected future waiting for us
To do so as Disney shows us with his intelligent band, Apple Watch need a central role in the future as a personal identification system. Because whenever we take off it it asks for a lock code and is always connected with the iPhone (future models will have individual connectivity), Apple Watch can tell that we are who we say we are to the rest of intelligent systems.
As it often happens almost always in technology, it will have to wait. Again, the future cannot come fast enough.