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Above Avalon Episode 142: Rethinking the Smart Home

In one word, the smart home has been disappointing. Episode 142 is focused on why the way we think about digital homes is in need of a major reset. After going over my thoughts on the current state of the smart home, we take a closer look at Apple’s vision for the home and why the company is likely looking to revamp its broader home strategy. Additional topics include how Amazon and Google have used voice to hijack the smart home in order to push alternative visions and Apple hiring Sam Jadallah to lead its various home initiatives. We also discuss how Apple can revamp its home strategy and why the smart home path is going to be bumpy going forward. Receive my analysis and perspective on Apple throughout the week by becoming an Above Avalon member and receiving exclusive daily updates. To become a member, visit   


Revamping Apple’s Home Strategy (weekly article)

Above Avalon Episode 113: It’s a Smart Speaker Mirage (podcast)

Above Avalon Episode 140: Let’s Talk Content (podcast)

The End of the Connected Home (Medium)

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