HomeKit Overview Updated May 25, 2017

HomeKit

Apple's home automation framework and platform

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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.

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After a change of heart, Belkin has now officially announced that it will bring HomeKit support to its ecosystem of Wemo smart home accessories later this year with the unveiling of a new HomeKit Wemo Bridge.

The bridge will enable all Wemo devices currently on the market to interact with an Apple user’s HomeKit setup. This will allow voice control of Wemo lights, plugs and switches via Siri as well as manual control through the iOS 10 Apple Home app.

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HomeKit Stories May 23

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Notaa is launching this week in Australia and marketing itself as the first HomeKit installer in the country, specializing in installation and set up of products that use Apple’s Siri and iPhone-controlled home automation platform.

We’ve seen a few homebuilders offering HomeKit products preinstalled or through upgrade packages, but this is the first company we’ve seen specifically specializing in HomeKit installations.

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The ability to use Siri and a single app to control your smart home technology makes HomeKit compatibility almost a must these days, but so far that has not come cheap – as both Zac and myself discovered. Smart bulbs from the market leader Philips mostly cost $30 per bulb for white and $50 for color, a price that soon adds up if you’re looking to fit out your entire home (though there is a $15 option).

But all that is set to change in the summer as Ikea has announced that its smart lighting system will be HomeKit-compatible as of the summer. Ikea’s smart bulbs start at just $11.99 …

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HomeKit Stories May 22

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Emerson has officially announced HomeKit support for its Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat lineup, which includes a budget-friendly option and a fancier version with a color shifting touch screen. Apple’s HomeKit feature allows you to control heating and cooling settings with Siri, automation, and Apple’s Home app.

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HomeKit Stories May 16

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Back in March 2016, users of Belkin’s popular line of Wemo connected accessories were disappointed to learn that the company was canceling its previously announced plans to support Apple’s HomeKit platform. The company has now changed its tune, however, and today told me it’s committed to bringing HomeKit to Wemo and will have “more details soon.”

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HomeKit Stories May 15

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Philips has announced new additions to its Hue White Ambiance lineup of HomeKit compatible lighting including new fixtures and table lamps. Pre-orders for the new table lamps start at $99.99 today with products shipping next month.

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