HomeKit Overview Updated December 8, 2018


Apple's home automation framework and platform

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June 2014 - December 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 December 8

Popular HomeKit accessory maker Lifx has updated its Day & Dusk bulbs with improved HomeKit integration. The Day & Dusk bulb from Lifx features “a spectrum of light inspired by the sun,” and you can now use HomeKit to control the bulb’s color.

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HomeKit Stories December 7

After promising to enable HomeKit support earlier this year, Sensibo is out today with an update to its smart a/c and heat pump controller. While the HomeKit support hasn’t arrived yet, Siri Shortcuts are now available with Sensibo Sky to control all types of air conditioners and heat pumps.

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HomeKit Stories December 6

HomeKit Weekly is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework.

Upgrading your Christmas tree and holiday lights to work with HomeKit, Siri, and Apple’s Home app is easier than ever this year. There’s no need to go out and buy new lights or special decorations either, and there are solutions for under $50 that work both indoors and outdoors.

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ConnectSense is out today with its latest HomeKit smart plug, the Smart Outlet 2. Unique features include: dual smart plug, integrated energy monitoring, and an additional USB port for fast charging an iPhone or iPad.

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HomeKit Stories December 5

The Arlo Baby Camera just got a lot more useful for HomeKit users. The latest firmware update adds support for five new HomeKit features (in addition to video support from February) that expands how it can be used in Apple’s Home app.

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HomeKit Weekly is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework. 

If you’re investing in smart home technology and want to stay in the HomeKit ecosystem, there are currently four home security cameras on the market that work with the Home app. This week we’ll look at what options are on the market, how the hardware and supporting services differ, and how you can improve the HomeKit security camera experience.

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