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Honeywell intros Lyric T5 thermostat ready for Apple's HomeKit

Honeywell has announced the Lyric T5, a new Wi-Fi-connected smart thermostat with support for Apple's HomeKit platform.

HomeKit compatibility lets users operate it by way of Siri or Apple's native Home app for iOS 10 and the Apple Watch. It can also be controlled via a black-and-white touchscreen, Honeywell's Lyric app, or Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, found on devices like the Echo.

As with some other smart thermostats, the Lyric T5 can be set to heat or cool based on a weekly schedule, and will adapt to a home's normal cycles to optimize temperature changes. Significantly, it can use geofencing —polling a phone's location —to determine when a person is leaving or on their way home, and adjust temperature automatically.

Some other features include filter change reminders, and alerts about extreme heat or cold.

The Lyric T5 will ship in October for $149.99.