At its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, Apple unleashed HomeKit – the latest program to bring the "Internet of Things" to life.
What exactly is the Internet of Things? It's the next big thing that makes computers, smartphones and tablets a thing of the past.
Of course, the vagueness of the name is on purpose. That's because the Internet of Things encompasses, well, almost every "thing."
Washers, dryers, refrigerators, thermostats, stoves, sprinklers, lights, food, beds, animal collars, plants - I could be here all day - will soon communicate with each other and you for a completely connected life.
Apple wants you to control it all with your iPhone and iPad.
Apple's HomeKit is a way for developers to bring smart gear from various companies into one location. You can create automated sets of gadgets so one button press gets your house ready for bedtime, mornings at home, vacation, etc.
So far, HomeKit is compatible with companies like August (smart locks), Philips (Hue LED light), Honeywell, iHome, TI and more, meaning you can control all these things with just a few taps on your iPhone or iPad. These features will also be compatible with Siri, so you might not even need to tap - just speak!