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Topic: HomeKit

Apple releases promised iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 update, restoring shared HomeKit access

12/13/2017, 01:12 pm

Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1, with bug fixes and minor changes including restoration of remote access to shared users of the Home app.

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HomeKit flaw in iOS 11.2 allowed remote access to smart devices, temporary fix already in place

12/07/2017, 04:12 pm

Apple's software woes continued this week with the publication of a HomeKit flaw that allowed remote access to smart home devices like locks and lights. The company has since issued a temporary patch by disabling remote access to shared users, and plans to permanently plug the hole in a software update next week.

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Honeywell Lyric home security firmware update brings Apple HomeKit compatibility

12/07/2017, 09:12 am

Honeywell's Lyric Controller Home Security System is now certified for use with Apple's HomeKit technology, with users only needing to install a firmware update.

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Review: LIFX Mini takes on Philips with Apple HomeKit

11/18/2017, 12:11 am

The LIFX Mini is about what you'd hope for from an iPhone-compatible smartbulb, and with HomeKit, LIFX is finally ready to go toe-to-toe with the popular Philips Hue platform.

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iHome launches new HomeKit-compatible outdoor plug, indoor sensors that lack official HomeKit support

11/16/2017, 12:11 pm

Smart home accessory maker iHome this week launched a new Apple HomeKit smart plug, intended for outdoor use, just in time for the holiday season and lighted Christmas decorations. The company also debuted a trio of indoor sensors, though none of those offer HomeKit compatibility.

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LIFX launches HomeKit-compatible LED light strips, add-on bridge for older setups

11/15/2017, 04:11 pm

Lighting provider LIFX has upgraded its LIFX Z light strip kit, with the new version supporting HomeKit natively.

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Review: August's Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle is a pricey but useful Apple HomeKit add-on

11/12/2017, 02:11 pm

August's top-end Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle probably is probably a costly luxury for most people, but works as advertised, and with HomeKit in tow can be a gateway to some clever automations.

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First look: LIFX Mini smartbulb with Apple HomeKit

10/26/2017, 12:10 pm

LIFX is one of the better-known LED smartbulb brands, but until recently, it was also completely missing from Apple's HomeKit platform. We're currently testing this newfound support with one of the company's latest lights, the Mini.

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First Look: Yale Assure Lock SL with iM1 HomeKit-compatible networking module

10/25/2017, 07:10 pm

Long-time lock producer Yale has added HomeKit support to its Assure lock family in the form of the iM1 Network Module -- and AppleInsider has the Assure Lock SL with the module on-hand.

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First look: August Smart Lock Pro + Connect with Apple HomeKit [u]

10/24/2017, 03:10 pm

August's top-of-the-line package, the $279 Smart Lock Pro + Connect, lets people control a door from anywhere with internet access -- and with HomeKit support, becomes fairly easy to integrate with third-party accessories.

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How to customize Philips Hue Dimmer Switches to control any Apple HomeKit devices

10/24/2017, 09:10 am

A recent firmware update for the Philips Hue lighting lineup has given HomeKit compatibility to the company's affordable dimmer switches. That means you can now customize the switches to your liking, making them control a multitude of HomeKit accessories beyond Hue bulbs. AppleInsider shows you how to do it.

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Review: Logitech's Circle 2 Wired is the best camera with Apple's HomeKit - for now

10/22/2017, 02:10 am

Logitech's Circle 2 has been available for a little while, but only recently did the company add HomeKit support to the Wired model -- making it just one of two security cameras in the entire smarthome market with that integration. The results are reasonably good, but some missing features prevent a whole-hearted recommendation.

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Assa Abloy buys out HomeKit-compatible smartlock maker August

10/19/2017, 12:10 pm

On Thursday, Sweden's Assa Abloy -- one of the world's biggest lock manufacturers, owning several brands including Yale -- announced plans to buy out August Home, best known for its Apple HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock.

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First look: Logi Circle 2 security camera with Apple HomeKit

10/16/2017, 03:10 pm

Logitech recently added HomeKit to the Wired version of the Circle 2, making it just one of a handful of security cameras to support Apple's smarthome platform.

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Sylvania intros Apple HomeKit-compatible Soft White bulb & Full Color Indoor Flex Strip

10/16/2017, 03:10 pm

LEDVANCE's Sylvania brand on Monday announced two new Smart+ lights supporting HomeKit: the Soft White A19 bulb, and the Full Color Indoor Flex Strip.

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IKEA does second backtrack on Apple HomeKit support for Tradfri lighting

10/12/2017, 11:10 am

Home furnishings vendor IKEA has once again had to retract claims of Apple HomeKit support for Tradfri, its range of smartbulbs and related accessories.

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Yale's Assure smart lock family gets HomeKit support with iM1 Network Module upgrade

10/12/2017, 10:10 am

Long-time lock producer Yale has added HomeKit support to its Assure lock family, in the form of the iM1 Network Module that provides support for Siri controls through Apple's Home app.

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Sonos debuts One smartspeaker with Amazon Alexa, AirPlay 2 & Google Assistant coming later

10/04/2017, 11:10 am

Sonos on Wednesday launched the $199 Sonos One, a smartspeaker with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, as well as support for Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant coming in 2018.

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LIFX intros Beam accent lighting compatible with Apple's HomeKit

10/03/2017, 04:10 pm

LIFX on Tuesday announced the Beam Kit, a new HomeKit-ready lighting package that adds multicolored accents to walls.

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Ikea adds color changing bulb to Tradfri home automation line, HomeKit support still coming

10/03/2017, 04:10 pm

Ikea has made a color-changing light bulb in its Tradfri line more commonly available, potentially giving home automation-minded users a less expensive way to go beyond simple illumination.

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