HomeKit Overview Updated June 18, 2019

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June 2014 - June 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 June 18

Smart outlets that work with Apple HomeKit are super common these days, so how does a new entry stand out in the market? Satechi may have the answer with its brand new Dual Smart Outlet, a two-in-one design HomeKit smart outlet that doesn’t block other outlets.

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HomeKit Stories June 14

Logitech plans to support HomeKit Secure Video with Circle 2 Wired later this year

When iOS 13 debuts later this fall, HomeKit video cameras will be able to work with a new security feature from Apple called HomeKit Secure Video. Apple highlighted upcoming support from select companies including Logitech, and now Logitech has confirmed that one of its existing products will be supported.

HomeKit Stories June 12

Ikea’s HomeKit-compatible smart blinds were originally supposed to launch back in April, but were delayed due to firmware issues. Now, Ikea says on its website that the blinds will be available starting in August.

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HomeKit Stories June 7

ProLine HomeKit doorbell announces plans to support new iOS 13 iCloud video recording

The Robin ProLine Video Doorbell is still the only HomeKit doorbell actually to be available on sale in the market. Other HomeKit doorbells are apparently launching later this year. ProLine today announced that they will support the upcoming HomeKit Secure Video recording features launched in iOS 13.

HomeKit Stories June 3

Philips Hue 2019 fall lineup reportedly includes new HomeKit smart plug and filament bulbs

The ever-popular Philips Hue smart home lineup is continuing to expand this fall, according to a report from iCulture. The site lists all the new Hue products set to be announced later this year.

HomeKit Stories June 2

Smart home accessory maker Ecobee has today announced its new SmartThermostat with voice control, the successor to the popular ecobee4. The new model packs a sleek new design, HomeKit control, and more. To go along with the new thermostat, Ecobee has also announced a new SmartSensor as well.

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