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Along with several other new APIs for developers, Apple has announced HomeKit which allows all home automation accessories/devices to work together. The new API will allow home automation developers to centralize all home automation in iOS without needing separate apps to access each device’s specific features. These devices include locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs, switches, and more.

HomeKit allows for secure pairing with devices and the ability to control individual devices. It also makes it possible to group several home automation devices into scenes that allow for easier control of any automation device in specific situations. One of the coolest features available with HomeKit is the ability to control any home automation accessory with Siri based on certain commands or scenes previously configured with these devices.

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3 Responses to “Apple announces HomeKit API for iOS, will serve as a central hub for home automation”

  1. OMG, star trek, here we come!!!!

  2. Leo Chan says:

    The missing piece is that the iPhone or iPad may not be at home when it needs to coordinate devices. Enter Apple TV?

  3. Somfy already developed a similar application: http://www.somfy.it/home/Somfy_News/tahoma/tahoma.html his name is tahoma, and you can manage your home from a smartphone, not just Apple, but also Android