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Apple HomeKit support coming to Philips Hue this fall, will work with current light sources

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Philips on Monday announced that its Hue intelligent lighting ecosystem will be compatible with Apple's HomeKit smart home platform starting this fall.

According to Philips, all existing Hue light sources will be made compatible with HomeKit. The company plans to provide more detailed information on the upgrade in September.

Philips also said that the company will help existing users to upgrade their system. It was not indicated whether a software or firmware update would add HomeKit compatibility, or if a new hub to control the Hue lights will be required.

Currently, Philips Hue bulbs are connected to a wireless hub, which itself connects to a router via Ethernet. From there, connected apps from Philips and third-party developers can control the bulbs, while users can also access controls from the Philips website.

The first wave of official HomeKit-sanctioned devices were announced last week. The smart home controls are available in any Apple device running iOS 8.1 or later.

HomeKit aims to simplify control of smart home accessories, using Siri's voice control technology to give users the ability to do things like turn off lights, lock a door, or close a garage.

Such controls can even be accomplished when a user is away from home, thanks to the use of the Apple TV as a bridge between mobile devices and an iPhone or iPad away from home.

Much more on HomeKit is expected to be announced later today at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. AppleInsider will be there live with full coverage, starting at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.