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Apple Shares 'Home' App Ad on Refreshed 'Home' Webpage

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Apple tonight debuted an ad for its Home app on the Home app webpage on its site, showing off what users can with the HomeKit ecosystem. The ad is not yet on Apple's YouTube page, and is only available on Apple's website.


The ad depicts a woman who uses the Home app to get through the day. When she wakes up, she tells Siri good morning, prompting Siri to tell the woman that her home is ready for the day, turning on the lights and opening the window shades. She then opens the Home app and clicks on the "Breakfast Time" scene, which turns on her coffee maker via an iHome SmartPlug and adjusts the temperature via a Honeywell smart thermostat.

Once she's ready for the day, she leaves home and clicks the "Lock Up" scene in the Home app, which turns everything in her house off and locks the door. Hours later, she returns home and clicks the "I'm Home" scene, which turns everything back on and unlocks the door. She heads to her Apple TV and uses the Siri Remote to declare that it's "movie time," which prompts the Home app to dim the lights and close the window shades.

Finally, she clicks the "Lights Out" scene, which turns everything off other than a small lamp next to her bed so that she can read a book on her iPad. Eventually, she clicks the "Good Night" scene to turn off the lamp and go to sleep.

In addition to the new ad, Apple has refreshed its Home webpage with new verbiage. The new copy appears to be less flowery and more direct and focused on app functionality. For instance, the accessories section of the webpage is now titled "One app for all your home accessories" rather than "So many accessories. One easy way to control them." Some lines in the descriptions have also been removed.

The ad can be viewed on Apple's website.

Article Link: Apple Shares 'Home' App Ad on Refreshed 'Home' Webpage
 

dschulian

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More like "Updating…updating…updating…no response."

Siri: "Hmm, I couldn't get a response from your devices at this time."

And don't count on the Apple TV bridge waking up if you try to access anything over LTE. I'm not bitter…

Do. you habe a 2.4 GHz wifi at Home? Because it's interfering the ZigBee accessories. If yes, gehen Check whichh channels your wifi and zigbee has. The gap between the channels should be as far as possible.

I had this too, nur setting wifi to channel 1 and zigbee to 25 made it far more reliable.
 
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CarlJ

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Reality:

Me: Hey Siri, good morning!
Siri: I don't see Jude Morgan in your contacts.
Me: No. I said, "Good morning!"
Siri: Searching the web for "No ice head glued moaning"
Me: *Disables Siri*
A recent episode of TWiT.tv's MacBreak Weekly podcast is named "XP Halitosis" because they were discussing an Easter egg that one could get funny responses from Siri if you said "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and I tried it and posted my results in their chat room - every single time she misunderstood, offering to search the web for things that always ended in "XP halitosis" (and yes, I was pronouncing it correctly and distinctly).

Siri can get some things right quite consistently (e.g. setting alarms), which makes her failings all the more maddening.
 

addictive

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Really good commercial for what Apple is trying to achieve.

We know it currently doesn't work quite like that but this is the aim. And we will get there with the internet of things slowly taking off but we could be waiting another decade for homes to work as simply as this commercial says it will unless you get can afford a high end, bespoke set up right now.
 

Brian Y

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My experience with HomeKit has been pretty bad. IMO, until Apple start opening things up a bit more (unlikely) it's not going to take off.

Look at Alexa - it works with everything, and I mean, it works. I can close the front gate by asking her in the car (yeah I have one in the car), I can change the TV channel, heck, I can even make an order from Amazon.

With HomeKit, the most I managed to do was change the heating temperature a couple of times and then scratch my head as to why it kept saying the device is not responding.

To the comment above, you really don't need an expensive high-end setup. If you choose the right bits, and have the technical know-how to set it all up, it's not as expensive as you'd think.
 
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=== Nowheresville ===
I've used the Philips Hue lights at home and I have to say it works like a charm most of the time.

I've sold my iPad Pro meaning some of the functionality is now lost (e.g. Automations) which is a shame as it'd be great to use one app rather than having to use Home/Hue as required.
 

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Depressing video. The women in it seems to be living a sad and lonely life - is she in some sort of prison? She doesn't seem to see anyone all day and only has her computer to talk to.

Maybe they could have an ad showing how Siri / HomeKit can help in a busy family. If indeed that is the case.
 

Relentless Power

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A recent episode of TWiT.tv's MacBreak Weekly podcast is named "XP Halitosis" because they were discussing an Easter egg that one could get funny responses from Siri if you said "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and I tried it and posted my results in their chat room - every single time she misunderstood, offering to search the web for things that always ended in "XP halitosis" (and yes, I was pronouncing it correctly and distinctly).

Siri can get some things right quite consistently (e.g. setting alarms), which makes her failings all the more maddening.

I use Siri quite frequently for basic tasks on my phone for Messages, notifications, calendar events etc. But when searching for a definition of a word or dictating a longer sentence, it's almost to the point where I have to constantly go back and edit what was typed. For example, this paragraph that you're reading right now, I actually had to go back and edit it two different times after using the dictation feature with Siri. And I talk slower and enunciate my words properly.

It can be very frustrating at times, especially when Google voice is so much more accurate and has faster response times.
 
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djcerla

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This is just fantastic, a wiew if our future.

Yet, unexplicably, MR commenters only feel compelled to bash Siri (hint: Siri works very well now).
 

Relentless Power

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This is just fantastic, a wiew if our future.

Yet, unexplicably, MR commenters only feel compelled to bash Siri (hint: Siri works very well now).

I disagree with you. I think constructive criticism is the difference between bashing. I can't speak for other MacRumors posters, but in Post #17, I indicated facts and I use Siri thoroughly. And I can tell you firsthand Siri struggles with dictation/deciphering on many levels. Yes, it can handle tasking very well. Siri struggles with deciphering some of the most basic words when you're searching, defining, and or implementing a sentence. Some don't understand, that when you do annunciate your words, you have to speak slowly and clearly, which I do, and I still get some of the same broken results. And by comparison, I also Google voice also frequently, which is much faster in determining and predicting results, more accurate and has a much faster response time.

When you're seeing forum members discussing the pitfalls to Siri, they're not bashing Siri because they dislike it, they're frustrated that Siri is falling behind. There is a reason that Apple hired a team of engineers to revamp Siri and hopefully restore some life back into it, because it is a useful tool and I do appreciate using Siri on my Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, AirPods, etc.

Siri has potential, but Apple has to be the one to make the necessary changes to Siri's full potential.
 

PR1985

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When I use Siri on my iPhone 6 "she" is often not accurate. Dictation is ok, German and Italian. If I use "her" on my Watch (Series 0) she gets nearly everything. I can talk at normal speed. Any reasons for such a different behavior??
 
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diipii

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This made me laugh harder than I thought it would

But it's not THAT bad now is it..
Me also.
And I really don't get talking to a computer. I know in 2001 (film) it looked cool but every train/bus/cafe/pub/ visit is going to be even more cacophonous (it's a word) and it's one more unwelcome Apple tentacle sneaking into our lives.
And it reminds me of the manic robot scenes from "Sleeper" one of Allen's early funny ones. The thought of coming home and yelling at my house is just too silly.
 
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Mactendo

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Depressing video. The women in it seems to be living a sad and lonely life - is she in some sort of prison? She doesn't seem to see anyone all day and only has her computer to talk to.
And always staring at her phone and tapping, tapping, tapping.
 
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