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Apple surprises by closing smart home gap with Amazon and Google

It says a lot about the progress of the collective smart home market that we have essentially written the same story the past three years – that Apple isn’t pushing HomeKit hard enough and that it is losing ground to its rivals. However, Apple hasn’t lost this race, despite its sluggishness, and with some new features unveiled at its last developer conference, it might just have turned a corner. Apple should be leagues behind Google and Amazon. Amazon has stormed out to the front of the pack, after starting as a curiosity – a home for the AI it had developed in its abortive smartphone strategy. And Google has Nest as its Trojan horse – though it has taken until…

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