Apple announced HomeKit at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in 2014 which is a way to control your home’s electronic products such as appliances (thermostats, light bulbs and garage openers), locks, etc. and the list has now grown what items in your home you can control. Brand names you are familiar with (Honeywell, First Alert, Philips, Schlage, iHome) will connect to your iOS devices. You can monitor or control your home items remotely safe in your own home or remotely from anywhere on your iOS device.
Apple’s HomeKit framework aims at saving consumers time and money by pairing Siri with third-party accessories, all of which communicate through an encrypted Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. In order to use HomeKit, users must have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iOS 8.1 or later.Insteon has a hub worth considering that allows remote and Siri control, builds scenes, and configures a single device to turn on and off at a specific time or create customized groups of devices that turn on and off at various times throughout the day.
Apple now has a list of all the products available using HomeKit. Be sure if you purchase that it has on the package “Works with Apple HomeKit.”
We have a post about the advantage of Apple’s HomeKit with the security of your home over other devices.