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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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
  2. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    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…
  3. blackboxxx macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    2007: Apple announces the iPhone!
    2017: Apple changes some text on its website!
  4. dschulian, Mar 1, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2017

    dschulian macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2015
    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.
  5. busyscott macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2015

    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*
  6. darth.sham macrumors newbie


    Sep 18, 2009
    This made me laugh harder than I thought it would

    But it's not THAT bad now is it..
  7. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

    Oct 1, 2013
  8. CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    A recent episode of'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.
  9. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    It's version 1, so that makes sense.
  10. addictive macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2008
    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.
  11. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    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.
  12. iGeek2014 macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2014
    === 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.
  13. deuxani macrumors 6502


    Sep 2, 2010
    In any non-English language.... yes it is. It is that bad.
  14. dilbert99 macrumors 68020

    Jul 23, 2012
    It is if you are Scottish
  15. cthart macrumors newbie


    Jul 10, 2008
    Frösön, Sweden
    Methinks Apple is trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist.
  16. canny macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2009
    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.
  17. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    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.
  18. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
  19. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    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).
  20. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012

    Because I've tried using Siri/HomeKit for controlling my home, and it's the most unreliable control system imaginable.
  21. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    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.
  22. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    Yes, really. How mani Siri interactions do you see in that video?
  23. PR1985 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2016
    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??
  24. diipii, Mar 2, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2017

    diipii macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2012
    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.
  25. Mactendo macrumors 68000

    Oct 3, 2012
    And always staring at her phone and tapping, tapping, tapping.

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