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C by GE smart home lineup gains HomeKit support after multiple delays

GE has finally brought HomeKit support to the C by GE app for iOS, enabling the company's line of smart lights, smart wall switches, and other devices to work with Apple's smart home platform after years of waiting.




The C by GE range of devices consists of a variety of different elements, but while they offered support for other platforms, like the "Made for Google" program, the company has been relatively sloth-like in making the range work with Apple's HomeKit. An update to the C by GE iOS app on Thursday bringing the app to version 5.4.1 includes the brief release note "HomeKit functionality added!"

The update has been a long time coming for the product line. After the bulb line launched in early 2016, it was originally believed HomeKit support would be introduced in summer 2017, while another announcement in January 2018 suggested support was on the way for the first quarter of that year, resulting in another failed deadline.

The most recent pledge for HomeKit support was made in January 2019, with an anticipated availability of the "spring." The added support now means it is possible to control the C by GE device range via the Home app, including through automated scenes, as well as by Siri requests, though it will also be controllable via the official app.

The latest additions to the range revealed in January include the Smart Switch, an in-wall light switch replacement that can be used to control and dim lights, with one option including motion ambient light sensing. Also announced were bulbs in 60-Watt A19 and BR30 varieties, along with basic white and tunable white bulbs, and a color-changing version, and a smart wall plug with a single outlet and physical power button.