|Operating system||iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS|
HomeKit is a software framework by Apple that lets users configure, communicate with, and control smart-home appliances using Apple devices. By designing rooms, items, and actions in the HomeKit service, users can enable automatic actions in the house through a simple voice command to Siri or through the Home app.
HomeKit uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi protocols. Manufacturers of HomeKit-enabled devices were required to have a MFi Program, and all HomeKit products were required to have an encryption co-processor. This was later changed in iOS 11, which added support for software authentication. 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.
HomeKit primarily competes with smart home standards from Amazon and Google. As of October 2019, Apple lists 450 devices compatible with HomeKit, compared to 10,000 for Google and 85,000 for Amazon.
HomeKit currently supports 22 device categories:
iPads, HomePods, and 4th generation and newer Apple TVs can be used as a home hub to control HomeKit appliances remotely, grant guest access, and set up automations. The 3rd generation Apple TV supports limited features.
The Home app was first released with iOS 10 in September 2016 to unify all devices into one app. It added support for automations using a home hub, and preprogrammed "Scenes", which can set multiple devices using a single command.
The Home app was added to Macs with macOS Mojave in September 2018.
HomePod and Apple TV
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- Apple Products Page
- Homebridge, an open source implementation of the Apple Home Automation Protocol
- HomeKit Subreddit
- HomeKit Framework
- HomeKit Developer Guide
- Apple's Developing for HomeKit guide
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