HomeKit is Apple’s home automation protocol. If an appliance supports HomeKit, you can control all of its functions using the Home app on the iPhone or just using Siri on your iPhone or HomePod. When it works, it’s truly magical. You can just ask Siri to turn off the lights or dim them. If you’ve connected a smart plug to your espresso machine, you can just ask Siri to make you a cup of coffee and it will start the machine on its own!
2019 is apparently going to be a bold new year for Apple, as the company has already announced that its AirPlay 2 feature will be expanding to Samsung smart TVs.
There have been faucets on the market, specifically from Kohler, that allow for hands-free usage. But now things are getting really interesting.
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.