HomeKit Overview Updated February 20, 2019

HomeKit

Apple's home automation framework and platform

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June 2014 - February 2019


Along with several other new APIs for developers, Apple announced HomeKit in June 2014 which allows all home automation accessories/devices to work together in harmony with iOS. The new API will allow home automation developers to centralize all home automation 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.

In 2016, Apple introduced a new Home app which comes with a modern look, relatively easy-to-use controls, and access to accessories and scenes from anywhere on iOS 10. Apple’s new built-in Home app on the iPhone’s Home screen, plus you can access a ton of functions from the lock screen or anywhere on iOS from the new Control Center (a swipe up from the bottom of the screen) once you have a HomeKit accessory set up.

Check out our hands-on to see Apple’s Home app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in action.

HomeKit Stories Today

We’ve seen a few examples of smart blinds with HomeKit support, but British company Elizabeth Henley claims to be the first company on the market to offer HomeKit-compatible smart shutters.

The Smart-tilt shutters themselves are very traditional ones, with a couple of hidden features …

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HomeKit Stories February 19

Now available in the US and Canada, the Eve Flare is a HomeKit-compatible multicolor light from Eve Systems. The Flare launched in Europe last year.

The Flare is an orb moodlight that you can leave on the charging inductive base, or pick it up and move it around your house for up to six hours at a time. You can turn the light on or off with Siri or the Home app through HomeKit, as well as change the hue and brightness. The Flare can of course participate in your HomeKit scenes and automations too. It is rated at IP65 water resistance so you can take it outside and not worry too much about precipitation from the weather.

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Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

HomeKit Stories February 18

Gardena smart garden watering system is now HomeKit-compatible

The Gardena small garden watering system promised HomeKit compatibility in the first quarter of the year, and has now made good on that promise …

HomeKit Stories January 31

How to add HomeKit support to your webOS TV with HomeBridge and iOS 12.2

With iOS 12.2, Apple is adding support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit for select smart TVs. Some users, myself included, are slightly irritated that LG is only supporting these features on its yet-to-be-released 2019 televisions. Fortunately, there’s a workaround that gets you most of the way there.

Apple made news during CES 2019 earlier this month when it revealed AirPlay 2 for video and HomeKit support for smart TVs. We now know a bit more about how HomeKit will work with smart TVs and what features Apple TV will gain or miss.

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HomeKit Stories January 25

Apple surprised announced its new HomeKit and AirPlay Smart TV initiative at CES earlier this month, with the first official compatible TVs launching in the spring. As we reported last night, iOS 12.2 includes the necessary foundations to support these new features.

Developer Khaos Tian hacked the HomeKit protocol to simulate adding a smart TV accessory to the Home app. He shared some screenshots and videos of these features ‘in action’ …

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