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Topic: HomeKit

Apple refutes report of delayed HomeKit launch, says first products coming in June

05/14/2015, 04:05 pm

Apple on Thursday refuted claims that software issues have forced the company to push back its HomeKit Internet of Things initiative, saying the first compatible devices are on schedule to launch in June.

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Software problems force Apple to delay HomeKit launch - report

05/14/2015, 12:05 pm

Apple is reportedly facing technological issues with HomeKit, the company's forthcoming smart home platform designed to act a central hub for iOS-connected products like light bulbs and door locks, that have forced a re-evaluation of the platform's launch timeline.

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Broadcom announces hardware platform fully compatible with Apple's HomeKit framework

05/13/2015, 05:05 pm

Broadcom on Tuesday announced that the software development kit for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform has been fully vetted by Apple for use with the HomeKit framework, paving the way for wider adoption of the iOS-connected Internet of Things protocol.

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GE to develop new LED bulbs that work with Apple's HomeKit

05/04/2015, 03:05 pm

General Electric on Monday announced plans for a new color-changing LED light bulb, due to ship sometime later this year, that will come out of the box with support for Apple's HomeKit system.

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Marvell ships first SDK support for Apple's iOS 8 HomeKit with its ARM IoT chips powering connected appliances

03/16/2015, 01:03 pm

Marvell announced that it is the first silicon vendor to release a complete software development kit (SDK) for Apple's HomeKit, which it has paired with its controller and wireless components, noting that several manufacturers are already using its products to develop new HomeKit accessories.

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Apple's HomeKit MFi program only began in November, chips still being finalized

01/23/2015, 02:01 pm

Manufacturers of "connected home" devices that wish to integrate with HomeKit reportedly could not begin seeking certification for those products under Apple's MFi program until November, some six months after the initiative was announced.

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Wrap-up: CES 2015 shows off weird and wonderful variety of wearables, but home automation steals the show

01/10/2015, 03:01 pm

CES is a weird and wonderful collection of products made by major manufacturers to the smallest of companies and even crowdfunded startups. The things you see might never come to market, but the tech presented serves as a good barometer for the year to come.

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August iPhone-connected lock unveils new remote access add-on, private API

01/07/2015, 02:01 pm

Owners of the Yves Behar-designed August Smart Lock now have the option to control the device from their iPhone even when they're out of the house thanks to the new August Connect accessory announced by the company at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.

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Samsung touts open 'Internet of things' push, says all products to be connected in 5 years

01/05/2015, 11:01 pm

During Samsung's keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, co-CEO B.K. Yoon advocated for an open, industry-wide "Internet of things" push, revealing plans to build in connected device capabilities across its entire product line within five years.

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Elgato announces 'Eve' range of HomeKit-enabled smart home sensors

01/05/2015, 07:01 pm

Elgato, known for its EyeTV line of digital TV video capture hardware, on Monday announced Eve, an expansive range of app-connected smart home sensors that monitor energy and water usage, weather, smoke and more.

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iDevices shows off 'Switch' connected plug for Apple's HomeKit

01/05/2015, 03:01 pm

Apple fans will soon be able to control some lights and appliances with Siri, as Apple accessories partner iDevices has announced its new "Switch" HomeKit-compatible connected plug at the annual Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.

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First wireless chips with Apple HomeKit support now shipping to device manufacturers

11/03/2014, 08:11 pm

Chipmakers Broadcom and Texas Instruments have started shipping out Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips with installed Apple HomeKit firmware, meaning the first wave of HomeKit-enabled devices should hit store shelves soon.

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Yves Behar's iPhone-controlled August Smart Lock arrives in Apple Stores

10/14/2014, 01:10 pm

The August Smart Lock, created by famed designer Yves Béhar, is now available at retail through a partnership with Apple, which is selling the HomeKit-connected device at all of its locations across the U.S.

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Latest Apple TV update enables remote access relay for HomeKit connected accessories

10/07/2014, 03:10 pm

The center of a connected smart home could soon be the Apple TV, as Apple's latest beta software officially brings HomeKit support to its $99 streaming set-top box.

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Apple surreptitiously adds HomeKit support to recent Apple TVs - report

09/22/2014, 09:09 am

In addition to a revamped user interface and a new Beats Music app, Apple is said to have given third-generation Apple TVs an intriguing under-the-hood tweak in last week's software update: compatibility with the company's new HomeKit home automation technology.

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Samsung buys smart home startup SmartThings for $200M, expands 'internet of things' offerings

08/14/2014, 07:08 pm

Apple rival Samsung on Thursday confirmed the purchase of SmartThings, extending the Korean company's reach into the world of connected, app-controllable devices like lights, motion sensors, switches and locks.

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Apple heads for home: Why HomeKit may not bring an 'iLight' or 'iLock,' but a new Apple TV

06/29/2014, 10:06 am

As follows any new announcement from Apple, the world's most secretive consumer electronics company, the days since the the unveiling of HomeKit -- Apple's new "smart home" platform -- have been filled with rumors and speculation about where it might go. AppleInsider now steps back to take a look at the most likely scenario.

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First look: Siri gains smart home controls with HomeKit in iOS 8

06/20/2014, 09:06 am

Apple's new HomeKit tools for developers won't come with a centralized app like Health or Passbook, instead leveraging the ability of the iOS voice-driven personal assistant Siri to allow users to control the temperature, lights, locks and other accessories in a modern "smart home."

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Apple HomeKit partner Honeywell takes on Google's Nest with Lyric smart thermostat

06/11/2014, 09:06 am

Honeywell, a name familiar to hundreds of millions of consumers around the world thanks to its iconic round thermostats, is gearing up to put its own spin on the "internet of things" with a new, Internet-connected thermostat called Lyric.

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Apple introduces HomeKit framework for connected homes

06/02/2014, 02:06 pm

As part of Monday's unveiling of iOS 8, Apple took the covers off of HomeKit, a new framework for connected home devices that allows users to easily control those devices using iOS.

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