Apple is planning to unveil smart home technology at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference next week, according to a report by the Financial Times. The report says that Apple is readying software that will turn iPhones and iPads into remote controls that let users control everything from lights to home appliances and security systems. Apple is said to be making the move to keep up with competitors like Google, which acquired Nest Labs in January. The growth expectations for the Internet of Things is increasingly large -- according to Business Insider, which says that while the Internet of Things accounts for 1.9 billion devices today, it will account for 9 billion by 2018.

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