As homes get smarter, builders are working to integrate those features right out of the gate in new homes, so owners don’t have to add so many features down the road.
On October 28, developer Khaos Tian discovered multiple bugs with Apple’s HomeKit which allowed unauthorized access to anyone connected with the service. The developer claimed that even though he made his concerns known to Apple on the same day, Apple didn’t fix the bug all through November, and that the subsequent iOS update only worsened things.
Recently, Apple released iOS 11.2 to the public, and while the new software brings new features to the fore, it also adds some important security fixes.
Earlier in the year, IKEA had announced that it would be bringing HomeKit integration to its Tradfri range of lighting systems by fall 2017. Now, the company has started rolling out a software update to its Wireless hub that enables HomeKit integration on its products.
HomeKit-enabled devices and accessories are so convenient and flexible, but a major downside is usually the price. That even includes smart bulbs – Philips Hue bulbs are often $50 per bulb, which adds up quickly. Koogeek thinks it has a solution to this problem.
Smart home accessories get more and more popular by the day. With Apple becoming increasingly dedicated to smart homes and HomeKit, new devices keep coming out to support it. HomeKit allows smart home devices to integrate directly with iOS so you can control them with the Home app, through Siri, or with Control Center. This also enables notifications for certain devices like security cameras. Many HomeKit-enabled accessories are set to come out this year in 2017, and some already debuted. Here are our picks for the best ones so far.
Apple has made a noteworthy change to its dedicated site for HomeKit accessories, making it much easier to find a specific product.
Apple has released a new 45-second promo video highlighting what its new Home app in iOS 10 is capable of. The ad was released by the company on its HomeKit web page, though it should be released on its YouTube channel soon as well.
After the first week of setting up Philips Hue lights in my bedroom, I was fantasizing about an ability to have them slowly fade out at night. I thought perhaps it could signal me to start getting nice and sleepy for bed. Well, it turns out this is totally possible and fairly easy to set up — and the end result is pure relaxation.
Apple is silently removing HomeKit support from 3rd generation Apple TV with the iOS 10 update. Apple has introduced a new Home app in iOS 10 that will allow users to access and manage their HomeKit-compatible devices remotely through it.