Apple has reportedly patented a technology that would allow users to track certain events in their home while they are commuting back home or away for a holiday.
The tech giant describes the technology as one that uses a device's location to trigger certain events in the home, which means the iPhone or iPad could be used to turn on the lights in the living room, switch on the air conditioner in the bedroom or open the garage door while one is commuting.
According to Fox News, these 'first devices' would use location data, via GPS or recent computer login, to communicate to the user's home through a number of outlets.
The patent describes that some of these first devices would feed location information to relay servers when a predetermined condition is met, which means one could set the phone to transmit GPS data every 10 minutes or when it links to a new cellular tower.
The report said that a user's location can also be determined by certain actions like, swiping a credit card or logging into social networking sites or even through defined wireless networks .
For effective tracking, the second devices would need to be attached to the relay system via USB or some other means, the report added.