TP-Link cancels HomeKit plan for Kasa smart plug mini
Following previous pledges to support HomeKit in its Kasa range, TP-Link has now revealed that its popular accessory will not be updated to work with Apple's system.
Electronics manufacturer TP-Link will no longer bring HomeKit support to its Kasa Smart Plug Mini. Previously, the company had promised support when unveiling the range at CES in January 2019. At the same time, the company had also claimed that existing devices would be updated to work with HomeKit early in the year. However, following months of delays, TP-Link has now cancelled plans to support Apple's system.
The news has not been formally announced, but rather was spotted by a Reddit user in a company support FAQ document.
"Due to changes in our roadmap, the Kasa Smart Plug Mini (HS105) smart plug will not offer support for Apple HomeKit," says TP-Link's document.
"Despite the change in direction for this specific SKU," it continues, "our team is committed to the development of innovative smart home solutions that will continue to delight our customers around the globe."
The Kasa Smart Plug Mini was going to be a significant boost to HomeKit because of the company's deals with Amazon. The retailer periodically offered the plug for only $15 when bought with an Echo speaker, so Amazon's rival system would actually have brought HomeKit into more homes.
It's not known yet whether the company is abandoning HomeKit for all devices or solely for this one product. Nor are there any details about whether there will be any recourse for customers who bought the Kasa Smart Plug Mini in the expectation that HomeKit was coming.
AppleInsider has reached out to TP-Link for more details.