LAS VEGAS -- Promising consumers a simpler, more efficient smart-appliance experience, here at CES this week Chinese manufacturer Haier announced the Tianzun smart air conditioner, the first connected appliance to meet Apple's MFi standards, which certify third-party products for design, quality, and iOS compatibility.
The remotely configurable Tianzun will automatically connect with Apple devices over Wi-Fi without the need for passwords or registration, and it's thanks to this quick setup process that it met Apple's standards for ease of use. The Tianzun will bear Apple's "Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad" seal of approval, and Haier hopes this endorsement will help it connect with consumers looking for a more accessible and less complex smart-home experience.
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Later in 2014, Haier plans on expanding this strategy to other home appliances, including water heaters and ovens, and is currently working to develop an "industrial smart home architecture" that the company claims will eventually turn all of its home appliances into Internet-connected terminals.