Apple is a Promoter member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG). It has a seat on the board and participates in working groups, so the newly-introduced Bluetooth Mesh standard should be of interest to any Apple watcher.
What is Bluetooth Mesh?
This is a newly-introduced Bluetooth technology that enables many devices to talk to each other. It has been developed with the needs of large device networks in mind, so you should see it emerge in building automation, sensor networks and IoT deployments in which up to thousands of devices need to work together.