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Home icon iOS.png
The Home app running on an iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch
The Home app running on an iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch
Other namesHome
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Operating systemiOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS
TypeHome automation

HomeKit is a software framework by Apple that lets users set up their iOS Device to configure, communicate with, and control smart-home appliances. By designing rooms, items, and actions in the HomeKit service, users can enable automatic actions in the house through a simple voice dictation to Siri or through apps.[1] HomeKit was first released with iOS 8 in September 2014. HomeKit support is also included in macOS Mojave, and can be used on all their devices through Siri.

Manufacturers of HomeKit-enabled devices were required to have a MFi Program,[2] and all HomeKit products were required to have an encryption co-processor.[3] This was later changed in iOS 11, which added support for software authentication. [4] Equipment manufactured without HomeKit support can be enabled for use through a "gateway" product, such as a hub that connects between those devices and the HomeKit service.[5]

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  1. ^ Ritchie, Rene (August 27, 2014). "HomeKit in iOS 8: Explained". iMore. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "Working with HomeKit". Apple Inc. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Higginbotham, Stacey (June 10, 2015). "What one startup CEO learned from handling Apple's HomeKit mess". Fortune. Time Inc. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "How HomeKit's software authentication works".
  5. ^ Ricker, Thomas; Kastrenakes, Jacob (January 8, 2015). "First HomeKit devices confirm Apple TV's limited role in home automation". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved December 26, 2016.

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