HomeKit Overview Updated July 15, 2019

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June 2014 - July 2019


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 July 15

After first unveiling the hardware two years ago, leading HomeKit accessory maker Eve is announcing launch details for its upcoming Extend Bluetooth range booster. Eve Extend is designed to solve the problem of Bluetooth signal limitations for HomeKit accessories that can’t connect over Wi-Fi.

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HomeKit Stories July 11

The Eve app for HomeKit has today been updated with a new dark theme option (available to iOS 12 users only), in addition with a few new scheduling features for the HomeKit-compatible Eve Aqua.

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HomeKit Stories July 8

Ikea has today revamped its smart home TRADFRI line, adding new smart bulbs, light panels, and more. The update to the TRADFRI line comes ahead of the rumored launch of Ikea’s HomeKit blinds later this year.

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HomeKit Stories July 1

Legrand has announced a new range of HomeKit-compatible smart light switches, dimmers, and plug-in switches. The product range is also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.

The company says that none of the products require a hub, and all are easily installed …

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HomeKit Stories June 29

Popular smart home accessory maker Ecobee is on the verge of launching a new Eco+ service. As detailed by Dave Zatz, Eco+ will offer suggestions on how to lower your HVAC energy consumption, and therefore lower your total utility bill.

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HomeKit Stories June 27

Can smart home devices get viruses? There’s been a lot of talk about the idea of IoT (Internet of Things) devices being infected by viruses, not least because Samsung this month recommended scanning its QLED televisions for viruses every few weeks.

Security experts from Avast and Symantec have set out to separate fact from fiction. They say that while a virus isn’t impossible, it is extremely unlikely – but there are four other ways the security of your smart home can be compromised, and we outline some simple steps you can take to reduce the risks …

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