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Mac Fanboy iPhones Home with Control Apps

By Julie Jacobson
Minnesota homeowner uses iPhone for much more than just phone calls.

This homeowner is a big Macintosh fan, so when Apple's iPhone launched in 2007, he was one of the first in line.

Back then, his new home was under construction near St. Cloud, Minn., and awaiting the installation of a HomeLogic home control system. When Apple opened its app store to developers, I was hoping HomeLogic would come out with something, the homeowner recalls.

Indeed, HomeLogic was one of the first to deliver a home-control application that was native to the iPhone, meaning it wasn't just running slow, inelegant web pages. And this homeowner was one of the first consumers in the country to enjoy the application.

On the Road

When traveling, the owner uses his iPhone mostly to turn on and off the alarm system, but every once in awhile, I check the weather through the [surveillance] cameras, he says.

At other times, he will simply flip some lights on and off to make it look like someone is home. The installation company, Cybermation of Waite Park, Minn., could easily create an automated program to do just that, but we just haven't gotten around to it, the homeowner explains.

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