Apple opened a new section on the smart home platform HomeKit. “Select any compatible accessories, and the app will help you configure and manage them,” said the company.
System HomeKit was announced in June 2014 at the conference Worldwide Developers conference (WWDC). It is designed to control home electronics (appliances, lighting and lamps, alarms, garage doors etc.) via iPhone and iPad. The Protocol is compatible with products of many major manufacturers, including Philips, Broadcom, Skybell and Kwikset.
Thus, HomeKit turns the iPhone into a remote control for home appliances. Apple has launched a certification program for hardware with support for HomeKit, third-party. According to the company, more than forty partner companies around the world are developing devices that support HomeKit platform. All of these devices are tested and approved by the company.
Among the devices that support Apple’s HomeKit called doorbells, garage doors, air conditioners, outlets, fans, air conditioners, sensors, blinds, thermostats, lights, cameras, air purifiers, alarm systems and others. To manage “smart” gadgets can be out of the control of iOS, or by using regular applications of “Home”.
Apple demonstrated several usage scenarios of “Home”: Good Morning, Breakfast Time, Lock Up, I’m Home, Movie Time and Lights Out.