NEW YORK – Haier’s Wi-Fi-connected Tianzun air conditioner has become the first major appliance to receive quality and compatibility certification from Apple.
The AC, which also operates as a room heater and air purifier, passed muster under Apple’s stringent MFi authorization program for third-party hardware. Usually reserved for CE accessories like connectors, docks and chargers, MFi sets rigorous performance standards for a product’s design, quality, compatibility and ease of set up.
Athough the floorstanding Tianzun unit is designed for the Chinese market, Haier says it plans to apply the same mobile-control technology to other products, including ovens and water heaters. Longer term, the company is developing a “One cloud and N terminals” industrial architecture for smart homes that would make all appliances double as Internet terminals.
The ring-shaped Tianzun can be controlled remotely by voice or smartphone keypad via Haier’s Sm@rt app.