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First Apple HomeKit window air conditioner hits US market in time for summer

After a very long "coming soon" period on Apple's HomeKit accessory list, GE has finally shipped the Energy Star 115 volt Electronic room Air Conditioner model AHP08LX with HomeKit support.

The window unit is the first AC with HomeKit to hit the shelves in the United States. Available solely at Lowe's for now, the unit delivers 8000 BTU and is intended for medium-sized rooms up to 350 square feet.

The unit uses GE's WiFi Connect technology, and besides HomeKit, has Google Home integration, as well as Amazon Alexa and IFTTT compatibility.

A spot-check of store inventory suggests that the unit is not stocked in stores, but is available for delivery for $319.

In setups with a Home Hub, with users all running iOS 11 on personal devices, scenes including the air conditioner can be set to run only when one person comes or goes, or when everyone in the same HomeKit group does. Air conditioning either through a whole-house thermostat, or this window unit can remain on until the last person leaves the house, and resume when the first person returns.