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Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by thelead, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. thelead macrumors 6502

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    I remember hearing how the new Apple TV was going to be some kind of HomeKit 'hub' but I'm not seeing it and maybe I just don't get it but is there something I'm missing?

    It would be great if we could get some sort of 'Amazon Echo' functionality out of it. I see this as a greatly missed opportunity. Any thoughts?
     
  2. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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  3. thelead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've read that already... So basically, all the Apple TV does is allows me to use Siri away from home? Not really all that interesting or forward thinking.
     
  4. Mac... nificent macrumors 6502

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    You do not need a hub to use HomeKit, you only need one when you are away from home.
     
  5. daveplotty macrumors newbie

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    The one feature I have always liked the idea of using Siri on my iPhone to control my Apple TV. I can't understand why its not possible at the moment to ask Siri on my iPhone to even just switch on/off the ATV.

    Probably going to release this one day as an amazing new update!
     
  6. Mac... nificent macrumors 6502

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    You can control it via the Remote app from your iPhone.
     
  7. benjitek, Apr 11, 2016
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    benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    Apple has already announced that an app is in development that fully duplicates the functionality of the Siri Remote.
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    Doesn't sound like you read it fully -- if you had, there'd be no need for this topic, the article is about as comprehensive as it gets -- video and all. Sounds like you might be happier with a FireTV and Alexa.
     
  8. thelead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    no need to be snarky... I just think the feature set is lacking.
     
  9. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    No snarkiness -- just an observation...
     
  10. thelead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    And my observations are that you lack tact, and that the Apple TV HomeKit integration lacks features. Thanks for nothing.
     
  11. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    If only you'd researched the features more fully prior to purchasing it, maybe return it and get your money back -- good luck!
     
  12. thelead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I actually love my apple tv's... It just seems like the HomeKit features are an afterthought throughout apple's ecosystem. Thanks!
     
  13. tpfenner macrumors newbie

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    Homekit is definitely an afterthought. With so many protocols out there it seems like apple is really just letting everyone else figure it out. The biggest problem is that apple requires anything that uses home kit to be almost too secure that it limits options. Not that security isn't a good thing in regards so controlling your home from away. But it makes it almost impossible for home kit to be similar to Samsung's Smart Things. I very much wanted to be able to embrace home kit for controlling my home but the only real ecosystem home kit supports is Insteon and since Insteon only makes Insteon products. Even though Insteon has many products creative visual design is not their strong suit. HomeKit is going to take time until the industry kind of figures out what it wants to be.
     
  14. pjarvi macrumors 65816

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    Homekit is working fine for me, I have 2 iHome Smart Plugs and a Philips Hue kit. It's really nice sitting at my desk at work and being able to turn the fan on in my bedroom to cool things down before I get home. Lights turn on/off automatically, separate schedules for week vs weekend. The only thing that I really want to see Apple do is add support to the Siri Remote so you can control devices with that, but I think they would need to integrate HomeKit with iCloud so Apps on different systems could share the same devices.
     

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