HomeKit Overview Updated November 15, 2018


Apple's home automation framework and platform

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June 2014 - November 2018

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 November 15

HomeKit garage door systems have been hard to come by thus far, with the exception of one offering from Chamberlain. This month, however, Best Buy has introduced a new Insignia WiFi-enabled Smart Garage Door Controller with HomeKit support.

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HomeKit Stories November 13

First Alert’s Onelink Safe & Sound smoke alarm was originally unveiled earlier this year, integrating both HomeKit support as well as Alexa. Today, First Alert is rolling out an update to the device that adds some useful Alexa enhancements, but those hoping for AirPlay 2 support will have to continue waiting.

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Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

HomeKit Stories November 12

Update: Molekule is refuting the claim made by one of its employees, saying HomeKit support is not in its immediate plans.

HomeKit support for air purifiers has been somewhat of a sore thumb for many users, with Apple’s own HomeKit website proving as a source of unreliable information. Now, however, Molekule Air Purifier HomeKit support is seemingly on the horizon.

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HomeKit Stories November 8

Belkin continues to bring HomeKit support to its smart home accessories, and the Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer is the latest to join the club. Wemo HomeKit support is retroactively being added through a free software update starting today. Wemo was first to use a new software authentication method for certifying HomeKit devices with its Mini Smart Plug earlier this year.

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HomeKit Stories November 2

HomeRun is a new HomeKit Apple Watch app from indie developer Aaron Pearce that fixes a major pain point. HomeRun lets you design your own HomeKit app for Apple Watch from the iPhone with a dense layout of tiles that can run HomeKit scenes. HomeRun for watchOS is absolutely the fastest way to browse and run HomeKit scenes on the Apple Watch.

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Apple has expanded its list of HomeKit categories with a new entry: AirPlay 2 receivers. We’ve seen upcoming and currently available AirPlay 2 speakers including HomePod, Sonos, and Libratone on Apple’s HomeKit accessory list since Apple’s wireless audio streaming solution debuted earlier this year. The addition of AirPlay 2 receivers adds a new way to control audio with HomeKit, and receiver maker Denon is owning the category for now.

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