HomeKit Overview Updated January 17, 2020

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June 2014 - January 2020


What is HomeKit / Apple Home?

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.

In 2018, Apple released the HomePod. It was a way to interact with your connected home devices through Siri using a standalone device.

How Do You Use HomeKit?

HomeKit devices can be controlled from iPad, iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, and HomePod. A 4th generation Apple TV (or newer) is an essential Apple smart home device as it acts as a bridge over iCloud to allow access to your devices when away from home.

9to5Mac’s Zac Hall does a regular column about the “Apple Home” lifestyle in his HomeKit Weekly column.

Popular HomeKit Devices

HomeKit Stories January 17

The Robin team today announced that its ProLine Compact Video Doorbell now support HomeKit Secure Video, having received certification sign-off from Apple earlier this week. Secure Video integration allows motion clips to be automatically saved to the user’s iCloud account.

Robin has been leading the charge in the HomeKit doorbell space, being the first company to ship a HomeKit compatible doorbell of any kind last year. However, the doorbells come at a (literal) cost.

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HomeKit Stories January 16

Ikea smart blinds hit by ‘technical issues’ two weeks after HomeKit support

Ikea smart blinds are experiencing “technical issues” with the HomeKit support that arrived in the US just two weeks ago…

HomeKit Stories January 10

A new Bluetooth Philips Hue Lightstrip looks to be on the way as German site Hueblog spotted the company applying for FCC approval for two new models…

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HomeKit Stories January 8

For our fourth annual 9to5Mac Best of CES Awards, we’re celebrating new technology for the Apple ecosystem that will launch throughout 2020 and expand our smart homes and how we use our Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

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HomeKit Stories January 7

Eve Systems has announced the Eve Cam, which it describes as “the first-ever indoor camera made exclusively for Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video, built from the ground up to keep your data secure”…

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Signify’s Philips Hue outdoor light lineup is growing with a new wall-mounted fixture and new low-voltage spot and path lights. The latest HomeKit-supported products give customers even more options for personalized outdoor lighting.

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