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Topic: HomeKit

Inside iOS 10: Apple simplifies HomeKit control with dedicated Home app

06/17/2016, 12:06 pm

Answering a long-running demand, Apple has introduced a dedicated Home app with iOS 10, giving people a central location to manage and control their HomeKit accessories.


Apple's iOS 10 makes iPad a 'Home Hub,' expands HomeKit appliance support

06/14/2016, 09:06 pm

Apple is getting serious about HomeKit. Two years after introducing the automated home platform on iOS 8, the company this week announced new support for a host of connected appliances, as well as a forthcoming iOS 10 setting that turns iPad into a smart home hub.


Apple debuts 'Home' app for HomeKit device control

06/13/2016, 02:06 pm

Apple introduced a dedicated "Home" iOS app at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, finally introducing a manual control interface for HomeKit accessories to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.


I/O 2016: Google's new Home hardware takes on Apple's HomeKit and Siri

05/18/2016, 02:05 pm

The smart home battle between Apple, Google and others continues to heat up, with Google on Wednesday announcing Home, a new voice-activated hardware kit that brings the Google assistant service to any room in your house.


Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit support now shipping

04/28/2016, 09:04 am

The newly launched August Smart Lock includes support for Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to lock, unlock and check the status of their door lock with voice commands using Siri.


Philips releases Hue 'Gen 2' app with Routines, Rooms & other improvements

04/28/2016, 02:04 am

Philips on Thursday released a "Gen 2" Hue app for iOS, updating the tool for its HomeKit-enabled smartbulbs with new features like Routines, and extra options for controlling rooms and scenes.


Review: Elgato's Eve Energy smartplug is easy to use, but highlights HomeKit's flaws

04/09/2016, 06:04 am

Elgato's Eve Energy smartplug is a perfectly serviceable home automation product, but in some ways it proves that Apple's HomeKit platform still has a ways to go before it becomes mainstream.


The best Apple-approved HomeKit smart home accessories you can buy right now

03/07/2016, 11:03 am

Apple's HomeKit framework provides developers with a platform to build hardware and software solutions that make controlling your home easy and secure - and these must-have HomeKit-enabled accessories do just that.


Elgato brings Apple HomeKit-enabled Eve Energy smartplug to US [u]

02/16/2016, 02:02 pm

Elgato on Tuesday announced that one of its HomeKit accessories, the Eve Energy smartplug, is now finally available stateside, following an earlier debut in Europe. [Updated]


First Alert debuts IP camera, HomeKit-enabled Onelink products including, fire alarm, environment monitor & safe [u]

01/07/2016, 05:01 am

First Alert showed off a handful of Wi-Fi-connected Onelink products at CES Showstoppers on Wednesday, including HomeKit-enabled devices like a safe, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, indoor environment monitor, smart thermostat and, curiously, a camera.


Kwikset Premis lock, Elgato outlet & light switch to launch with Apple HomeKit support

01/06/2016, 05:01 am

This year's CES saw a burgeoning smart home device market pick up steam thanks in part to widely available infrastructure protocols like Apple's iOS-based HomeKit, with device makers like Kwikset and Elgato eager to show off their latest compatible wares.


Grid Connect, iHome & iDevices debut new Apple HomeKit accessories

01/05/2016, 03:01 pm

A trio of companies -- Grid Connect, iHome, and iDevices -- announced new HomeKit accessories on Tuesday, including power outlets, switches, and climate and water sensors.


Hunter debuts first HomeKit-connected ceiling fans

01/04/2016, 07:01 pm

Adding to the blitz of CES announcements building on the success of Apple's product ecosystem, Hunter Fan Company on Monday revealed two Wi-Fi enabled ceiling fans with smartphone connectivity support, including Apple's internet of things HomeKit protocol.


Honeywell debuts Lyric Round thermostat for HomeKit, Polar ships iPhone-compatible Balance smartscale

01/04/2016, 05:01 pm

Honeywell on Monday announced a new HomeKit-ready thermostat, the Lyric Round, while Polar launched an iPhone-connected weight scale, the Balance.


Wi-Fi Alliance vets 802.11ah 'HaLow' standard with almost double current range

01/04/2016, 09:01 am

A new Wi-Fi standard -- officially dubbed 802.11ah "HaLow" by the Wi-Fi Alliance -- could potentially improve the practicality of home automation platforms, including Apple's HomeKit.


Researchers use Apple Watch to pilot drone, control HomeKit Hue lamps via hand gestures

01/01/2016, 02:01 pm

Engineering students at Taiwan's National Chung Hsing University demonstrated a clever use of the motion sensors in Apple Watch to interpret hand gestures, enabling them to remotely control real world devices akin to the science fiction fantasy depicted in Star Wars.


What's next for Apple in 2016: a focus on HomeKit, Apple Pay & Maps ecosystems

12/29/2015, 08:12 am

In 2015, Apple dramatically enhanced its ability to make money, and at the same time incrementally dismantled the profit engines of its competitors, leaving them even weaker for their next match in 2016. But Apple has several weaknesses related to the core strength of its existing ecosystems that it needs to address over the coming year if it wants to retain and enhance its brand of excellence that drives sales of its premium, profitable hardware.


Open source HomeBridge links 3rd-party smart home devices like Nest to Apple's HomeKit

12/08/2015, 12:12 pm

Users looking to connect their existing smart home setup to Apple's HomeKit ecosystem can turn to Homebridge, an open-source tool that brings voice control to popular devices from Nest, Sonos and others.


Apple removes HomeKit-incompatible devices from online store

11/17/2015, 08:11 pm

In what could be a move to push the first-party HomeKit connected home protocol, Apple has seemingly stopped online sales of incompatible devices made by Kwikset and Belkin, as well as the original August Smart Lock.


August debuts Apple HomeKit-enabled Smart Lock, Kwikset unveils Kevo Plus Internet-connected bridge

10/14/2015, 08:10 pm

Two major players in the "smart lock" segment introduced new hardware this week with August unveiling a connected doorbell with camera, programmable keypad and a HomeKit-enabled version of its door lock, while Kwikset debuted an Internet gateway for its Kevo Bluetooth lock.