KB Home unveils first-ever Apple HomeKit-enabled community in San JoseThe Promenade at Communications Hill in San Jose, Calif., will be the first HomeKit-enabled community, featuring built-in Apple-connected smart home connectivity for prospective buyers.
By integrating HomeKit during manufacturing, homebuilder KB Home aims to have the most seamless HomeKit support possible. Apple-certified accessories will allow homeowners control of lighting, temperature, door locks and more from an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.
KB Home now has a model home to view at Promenade at Communications Hill. Pricing starts in the low $900,000s, though HomeKit packages run extra.
Everything you need to know: Apple HomeKit
- Apple's platform for home automation
- Home App in iOS 10 streamlines HomeKit device setup, usage
- Uses end-to-end encryption for security
- More than 100 HomeKit compatible products available by end of 2016
- For a complete list of HomeKit products and info see AppleInsider's HomeKit page.
The three-story homes range in square footage from 2,148 to 2,178, and they can be built with up to five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a two-car garage.
Though Apple authorizes HomeKit accessories through a certification process, the company does not make any of its own smart home appliances, instead relying on third-party vendors. KB Home did not indicate which HomeKit partners it is utilizing for its HomeKit-enabled community.
Beyond the Promenade at Communications Hill, the Apple HomeKit package from KB Home is also available for buyers at Magnolia at Patterson Ranch.
Apple announced last month that it expects to have more than 100 HomeKit-certified accessories available by the end of this year. Most recently, iHome began shipping its 5-in-1 environment sensing SmartMonitor, tracking motion, temperature, humidity, sound and more.