Apple unveils software that controls home appliances

Apple has introduced new software that will allow users to control their homes directly from mobile devices.

Apple has revealed new "smart home" app. Credit: Press Association Images

Working with smart devices in the home, Apple's HomeKit software will enable users to control things such as lighting and doors directly from their smartphone.

Speaking about the software updates at its annual developer's conference, WWDC, in San Francisco, Apple's CEO Tim Cook said: "This is a milestone year for this conference. It's our 25th year."

The technology giant has also introduced a new health app that will enable users to store health and fitness data from different apps in a single place.

Apple has been under pressure to move into the health sector following rival Samsung's introduction of a wristband that syncs with a smartphone.