Since then, Apple hasn't made much progress in the smart home.
The company posted 15 jobs in the last month with titles like "HomeKit Protocol Engineer," "HomeKit Partner Engineer" and "HomeKit Software Engineer."
If Apple is indeed planning to press forward into the smart home, there are two areas that could give it an easy edge — cameras and privacy.
Before building new products around a privacy campaign, Apple should consider the fate of HomePod.
There's no HomePod Mini, yet Amazon is three generations into the $50 Echo Dot and Google just released its second small smart speaker, the $49 Nest Home Mini.
While Google faced scrutiny over its face unlocking that works even if you're unconscious and Samsung dealt with an easily fooled in-screen fingerprint sensor, Apple doubled down on iPhone security with iOS 13.