Apple has been busy branching out beyond smartphones recently. First came the Apple Watch—Apple’s highest-selling product launch in history, by the way—and next came the rumors about an Apple Car (along with the rumor that Apple might just buy Tesla to break into the auto space). When you think about it, it only makes sense for Apple to begin thinking about breaking into the home automation market (see below for what that actually means). In fact, they began this preemptively when they launched the first Apple TV box (which will likely play a crucial role in Apple’s HomeKit landscape). So if you’ve heard about HomeKit—or are merely wondering what Apple is up to on the home front—the following outline will break it all down for you in no time at all. Let us know in the comments what your thoughts on Apple’s HomeKit are.
Apple’s HomeKit: A Quick Outline
- HomeKit allows for “Home Automation” and is what will allow you to control Internet-connected accessories (gadgets) in your home.
- With HomeKit you will be able to things like:
- Have your TV turn on when you get home.
- Change temperature settings.
- Control lighting.
- Open and close gates and garage doors.
- HomeKit will work with Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Watches.
- HomeKit will also be Siri enabled; you will be able to control gadgets in your house with your voice! You’ll probably need an Apple TV for Siri to work with HomeKit.
- While there are other “smart” “Internet of Things” devices and frameworks on the Market, HomeKit aims to bring everything together in one simple place; it wants to be the hub of your smart home.
- Here are a few companies whose products already work with HomeKit:
- HomeKit setup will work by grouping smart (connected) gadgets into:
- Rooms: activate or deactivate all smart devices in a room at once.
- Zones: groups of rooms.
- Scenes: program certain things to happen at certain times (i.e. at bedtime do X or do Y when you get home from work).
- HomeKit was first announced by Apple at the WWDC conference in 2014.