All the new HomeKit gear landing in 2019
HomeKit adoption is quickly accelerating, with an unprecedented number of accessories slated to hit the market in 2019. AppleInsider walks you through the dozens of new devices poised to hit store shelves in the coming months.
Sony at CES 2019 announced forthcoming AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integration for a handful of TVs, including the upcoming Z9G Series 8K LCDs and A9G Series 4K OLEDs, as well as the X950G 4K LCD unit.
The move to integrate Apple protocols comes as a surprise for Sony, which uses Google's Android TV platform to power its smart TV offerings.
Vizio is the last of the three to bring support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. The option will first arrive this quarter for U.S. and Canadian beta testers of Vizio's SmartCast 3.0 platform. It will go live for all SmartCast-equipped TVs in the second quarter as a free software update.
Unlike others, Vizio will be bringing the platform to older TVs via a software update.
Netatmo has just launched a new HomeKit video doorbell, set to hit shelves in the second half of 2019. It has a super wide angle lens, a stylish design and AI-based people detection to cut down on errant alerts.
Robin Telecom ProLine doorbell
Robin Telecom also announced a HomeKit doorbell, albeit with a higher price tag.
This device is currently the only doorbell to gain MFi certification and shipping is ready to begin in the U.S. by the end of February.
Mighton Avia smart lock
New smart locks are available including the Mighton Avia.
Kwikset Premise updated lock
A new contemporary of the popular Premise smart lock has been released with a new design.
Yale Assure lever lock with Connected by August
Yale debuted a new version of the Assure lock, this time using a lever mechanism. This is the worlds first HomeKit-enabled lever lock, bringing Apple's platform to closets, interior rooms and garages that need protecting.
It has a swappable connectivity cartridge that allows for Zigbee, Z-Wave, basic HomeKit or HomeKit with the Connected by August platform.
Emtek locks with Connected by August
In tandem with its HomeKit announcements, the company said its Connected by August platform is coming to the luxury Emtek brand. This, too, is a new market for HomeKit locks.
They are completely customizable in several finishes and textures to match most high-end interiors.
TP-Link Kasa smart plug
The diminutive TP-Link Kasa smart plug is finally getting long-promised HomeKit update very soon. Hopefully, HomeKit will expand to the rest of the Kasa platform as well.
Eve Energy Strip
Eve Systems has released two new products this year, the first being the Eve Energy Strip.
It is most similar to a three-outlet surge protector where each plug can be controlled individually through HomeKit. It measures energy consumption as well for whatever is plugged in.
Eve Light Strip
The second piece is the Eve Light Strip. It is very similar to others on the market but is exceptionally bright at 1,800 lumens. It can be extended or cut to fit a variety of locations.
Nanoleaf hexagon panels
They are expandable to cover large areas, multi-colored and touch sensitive. They should be released by the end of 2019.
Fibaro light strip controller
Fibaro has launched the Rainbow Controller which is similar to the above Eve Light Strip.
Belkin Wemo in-wall light switch
Belkin's Wemo wall switch was updated to match the design of its dimmer, as well as with support for 3-way lights. HomeKit is integrated and does not require use of the Wemo bridge like earlier Wemo products.
Philips Hue outdoor lights
Hue is doubling down on outdoor lighting products with several sconces and lights with integrated LEDs. They also have outdoor white or color spotlights for functional or accent lighting that get extremely bright.
Philips Hue outdoor motion sensor
In a HomeKit first, we get a new outdoor motion sensor. This can trigger lights outside or inside, with the accessory enabling users a chance to help see or scare off intruders.
Brilliant touch screen controller
Apple worked with Brilliant to integrate HomeKit into the Brilliant smart home wall controller. Using HomeKit, you can toggle lights on and off. Further HomeKit integration could be forthcoming as Brilliant works to include scenes and HomeKit devices on the touch screen, but there is no promise this will pan out.
GE C Reach hub
GE built on its smart home offerings at CES 2019, announcing a range of new C by GE products including HomeKit-enabled smart wall switches, white and full color LED bulbs and a smart wall plug.
Ikea smart blinds
Swedish giant Ikea is beginning to roll out its first Smart Shades, compatible with Apple HomeKit and other smart home platforms when paired with the company's Tradfri hub.
Moen shower head
Use Siri to turn the water on/off, switch sources from the shower head to hand wand, and set the temperature.
Gardena gardening sensors
Gardena Smart System is adding HomeKit support to its existing products for the garden including its Smart Water Control, Smart Irrigation Control, Smart Sensor and Smart Power.
OneLink Safe & Sound V2 w/mesh routing
First Alert announced a new version of its Safe & Sound, now integrating support for a mesh router. This is now a truly useful multi-device with an AirPlay 2 speaker, mesh router, Alexa device, a HomeKit CO alarm and HomeKit smoke detector.
T9 and T10 Pro Honeywell thermostats
Honeywell company Resideo has shown off two new smart thermostats — the T9 and T10 Pro. While both add quite a few new features for users of the controlling app, they lack HomeKit support — at least for now. Honeywell pledges HomeKit will arrive by the end of the year.
Arlo Ultra 4K HDR
Arlo is finally bringing HomeKit support to its lineup of Arlo Pro 2 cams and the new Ultra 4K HDR wireless camera. The new Ultra 4K HDR is a beast with a 4K sensor, integrated light for color night mode, HDR video mode and more.
After being shown on Koogeek's official website late last year, several new products are ready to start shipping.
Koogeek has a new environmental monitor, a HomeKit camera and a HomeKit enabled fingerprint lock.
Lutron Fan controller
Lutron has a new smart home fan controller that won't have HomeKit at launch but should be updated in the future for Apple's smart home platform.
Using it, you can control the on/off state and speed of a fan by replacing the in-wall switch.
Kohler Numi 2.0
One of the more unusual Apple-related announcements out of CES is that Kohler's "intelligent toilet," the Numi 2.0, is gaining support for HomeKit and even Siri commands.
Owners can ask Siri to heat the toilet's seat and control its multi-color lighting, Kohler representatives told AppleInsider. The Numi 2.0 also features bidet and dryer functions and built-in speakers with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.
LifX candelabra bulbs
LifX has put forth a new line of HomeKit-enabled candelabra bulbs that are capable of displaying multiple colors at once. They join the expansive existing lineup from LifX that already supports HomeKit.
After releasing the Smart Outlet 2 in December 2018, ConnectSense is showing off an in-wall solution set to release later this year. Instead of having to plug in a bulky external box to the outlets, you can simply replace the outlet itself. Touch-sensitive controls allow you to toggle the outlets via your finger instead of always relying on HomeKit.