CES is not just about huge televisions, washing machines, and refrigerators. While like every year they did dominate the scene, CES 2018 also saw plenty of other interesting devices being launched. More importantly, we saw a number of accessories related to MacBook and iPhones being unveiled at the event as well. Additionally, we also saw a number of HomeKit accessories being unveiled at the event as well.
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.
To make it easier for potential customers to understand and experience HomeKit, Apple has unveiled interactive HomeKit experiences across 46 of its retail stores worldwide. These new stores will have an Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad running the Home app and connected to LED displays.
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.
Apple is working closely with many builders to build smart homes reports Bloomberg. By working closely with builders, Apple is trying to make homes smart right from the get-go, which would be an easy sell compared to making an house Homekit-compatible later on.