Here’s How Apple Plans to Control Your Whole World
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone may become the central remote control for the wireless-enabled homes of the future. In a recently published patent uncovered by Apple Insider, Apple outlines a system for “saving and restoring scenes in a multimedia system” by utilizing the iPhone as a master controller.
A “scene” in this context refers to the states of various components in a multimedia system. However, the multimedia system that Apple describes extends beyond typical electronic devices like televisions, computers, and stereo equipment.
In the patent titled “Systems and methods for saving and restoring scenes in a multimedia system,” Apple notes that this system would also encompass appliances “such as lights, window shades, and fireplaces.” In this sense, Apple is describing a universal remote control for a futuristic smart home.