Can someone explain HomeKit please?

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by yalag, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. yalag macrumors 65816

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    I read that homekit is suppose to be a feature of the OS where it allows you to interface with any hardware that is homekit compatible (as opposed to using many apps to control many things).

    Ok all makes sense. But where is the homekit app?
     
  2. Julien macrumors G4

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    There is no app. Developers use HomeKit and it has standard protocols and APIs.
     
  3. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    If there are no apps. then whats the point? Hardware companies can build their own controlling apps anyway. What exactly does homekit do?
     
  4. Julien macrumors G4

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    Apple could make an App but I believe that any developer could make an App that controls any HomeKit compatible devices. So standard APIs plus developer imagination will create controls and Apps we can't foresee at this time.
     
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    crashoverride77 macrumors 65816

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    You would set up zones in your house via settings i.e bedroom with these devices, living room with these devices, garage with these devices and so on. You most likely will be able to also set up timers, alarms, geofencing etc. for different zones.

    If you want to manually do something it would be with Siri. Could be something simple like "Siri close my garage door" or something more complex like "Goodnight Siri" where it would than turn off your lights, lock your doors, close your garage, turn off your heater etc. Sounds pretty damn amazing and that's the point of home kit ;)
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    x2 on Siri being the HomeKit "app".

    It's pretty impressive what some folks are doing with Amazon's Echo (which listens for commands to be spoken) and home automation. I think that's where Apple wants to take Siri, in terms of HomeKit functionality.
     
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    Easttime macrumors 6502

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    I thought that because HomeKit creates a standard, then all devices in the house that are HomeKit compliant can be controlled by a bridging type of third party app that a user can purchase and populate with the devices in their house? Still waiting for this space to mature a bit before I jump in though.
     
  9. Peepo macrumors 6502a

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    What I don't understand is with IOS 9 it is not supposed to require an AppleTV (3rd gen or higher) to enable HomeKit to work remotely because the devices are able to now. How does this work with older HomeKit devices that may not have this new support in their devices?
     
  10. amjustice macrumors 6502

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    @yalag the main thing homekit allows is apps to control third party accessories. Some hardware manufacturers are supporting that in their apps and some are not. The idea though is that since HomeKit is a standard you can use one app to manage all your devices.
     
  11. CrzyP macrumors 6502

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    According to Ecobee, their thermostat requires a software and hardware update to be compatible with iOS 9.
     
  12. Peepo macrumors 6502a

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    Where did you hear this?

    Mine works fine and I am using IOS 9.
     
  13. CrzyP macrumors 6502

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    I saw it in their FAQ a few months ago. It seems it has been removed. To be clear, I'm specifically referring to iOS 9 not needing an Apple TV bridge to control HomeKit devices via a cellular network. Their FAQ still states an Apple TV is required.
     
  14. Peepo macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, yes that would make sense. That goes back to my previous post wondering how this all will work.
     
  15. Recognition macrumors 6502a

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    There is an Official Apple HomeKit App.
    It's call HMCatalog and free to download on Apples developer website.
     
  16. amjustice macrumors 6502

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    Thats really just meant for developers as an example app, not really consumer facing. Time will tell if Apple will do their own but I think there are nice free and paid apps that provide support for all the HomeKit profiles.

    ConnectSense (Free): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/connectsense/id924559441
    Home ($15): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/home-smart-home-automation/id995994352?mt=8
     

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