Anyone get HomeKit to work?

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by ajiuo, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. ajiuo macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    Siri always tells me that there is nothing connected. I was unable to find any settings... Works fine on all other devices.

    I'm also kind of sad that they did not fix Siri to be able to search iTunes purchases. :-(
  2. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Do you mean search for purchased content only? Because when I search using Siri if I own the movie/TV show, it just says play.
  3. ajiuo thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    Siri is not able to find anything that is no longer available in iTunes or has been replaced by a newer version.

    For example I have a copy of poltergeist, and it shows up in my purchases just fine... But at some point the version I have became unavailable for sale and was replaced with a newer version. So when I search for poltergeist using Siri, she only brings up the newer version that is currently for sale, and I can't play it because I don't own the newer version... So I have to brows to certain things manually.... I have about 10-15 movies like this. Marry Poppins is another one.
  4. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013

    Oh wow.... I have never noticed that. I have only seen the artwork changed. Is the newer version special in some way? Like an Anniversary or directors cut etc??? If its the same except owned by a new studio. Then Apple probably needs to change their search algorithm to prevent this issue.

    Have you submitted a bug report?
  5. ajiuo thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    Basically everything on iTunes has a unique ID number... If the content provider removes that content, and then resubmits the content at a later time as new content.. It will get a new unique ID number... So it doesn't replace the old content. The old content that you purchased is still there... It's just no longer available to purchased and thus hidden... However you can still see it if it's in your iCloud purchases... So I guess they need to change Siri to be able to search unavailable content that a person owns.... They also need to allow her to access home sharing content.

    And yes I reported it as a bug when I first noticed it... Unfortunately if they're not getting a lot of complaints about it they probably won't fix it.
  6. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    I'll join you in that complaint. The old ID number needs to be linked to the new. I worked in the drug industry where product IDs get changed often. If the old and new IDs were not linked, it would be utter confusion.
  7. ajiuo thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    Yeah that's what I suggested that Apple... They already link alternate versions of the movie... Like for example an unrated version... Which leads me to another problem. It usually defaults to the mainstream version. So if you own an unrated version and search for it using Siri, it will bring up the version that you don't own... Then you have to go over to the versions a button and change it. When using Siri it should default to the version that you own. If you own both it should give you a choice.

    I was really hoping that they would have the stuff fixed for I was 10. :/ They were so good about fixing some of the other stuff pretty quickly.
  8. Mac... nificent macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2012

    When iOS 10 is released HomeKit will be much easier to use.
  9. ajiuo thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    It started working for me today for some reason
  10. KrisLord macrumors 65816

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    i'm guessing you're on the TVOS 10 beta ?

    I have hue lights and with the current TVOS version Siri says he can't control stuff. with 10 he says he can't find anything to control. does this match your testing?
  11. kaiguy macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2009
    Exactly what I'm running into. I've tried logging out of iCloud on the ATV to see if that would help. Nope.

    In fact, on TVOS 10 beta, I lost my remote access to Homekit as well. Can't control my hue lights natively with Siri when not connected to home wifi. I think I'm regretting trying the beta.
  12. x-evil-x macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    will the wink hub work with home kit? or the nest app?
  13. Dunk the Lunk macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2007
    I'll third that. It's especially annoying when they add iTunes Extras to movies but you don't get them because you purchased the 'old' version rather than the 'new' even though the item is exactly the same.
  14. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

    Oct 1, 2013
    Mines works most the time but a lot of times Siri doesn't understand what I'm asking or can't find lights, but it is beta - and currently loving it!

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