HomeKit

Homebuilder KB Home today announced that it will be first to offer a new “smart-home package” for homebuyers that will offer houses equipped with Apple HomeKit-enabled smart accessories.

The homes, available initially in a couple of developments from KB Home in California, will include HomeKit accessories for lighting, door locks and other security features, allowing buyers to control everything with their iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch and Siri.

The company’s press release doesn’t offer any info on specific accessories that will be installed or available to buyers as options, but it does note some potential use cases:

Apple’s Home app delivers a simple and secure interface to manage HomeKit-integrated home automation products in one place, allowing homeowners to connect and control their environment whether at home or away. For example, the Home app allows users to set customized scenes, such as “Leaving Home,” which could turn off lights, lock the doors, and lower the thermostat.

MercuryNews notes that the package starts at $4000 and includes an iPad and Apple TV (either of which is needed for remote access).

The company has a model home where interested homebuyers can demo the tech, and it’s currently selling houses starting in the $900,000s at its Promenade at Communications Hill development near San Jose.

It also plans to make the new HomeKit package available for homes at its Magnolia at Patterson Ranch development in Fremont.

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