HomeKit section

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  1. chiefsilverback macrumors 6502

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    Hi Mods, is there any thought to creating a HomeKit section on the forum to discuss the growing compatible devices and member's setups?
     
  2. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    Good idea. Seems it's about to become very relevant.
     
  3. chiefsilverback thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My thread got moved, but no response on whether or not we can get a HomeKit section?
     
  4. stridemat Moderator

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    I will post a link behind the scenes to draw some attention to this idea. Personally, I don't think HomeKit is quite ready to graduate to its own section. Before long however, I expect it will.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I counted 53 threads dating back Jun 6th 2014. A number of those threads were front page threads created by the MacRumors editors. That reduces the number of discussion threads further.

    There were 2 threads created in October (including this) and 6 threads created in the month of September. I just don't see the level of activity on this topic to warrant a new forum for this topic.

    My search criteria was the searching for homekit in the title.
     
  6. vc2020 macrumors regular

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    I think it's picking up steam and people want to discuss and have a place to post user reviews and ask questions or address concerns.

    I know once you get your first HomeKit enabled devices you crave the need to control everything in your house. I'm in favor of having a place to discuss it.
     
  7. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    Chicken or egg here, but wouldn't a forum dedicated to the topic likely encourage more discussion about it? It also might attract new users to the site looking for more information/material on the subject.

    I'm thinking back to my own experience trying to find out about AppleTVs and HTPC info before it was en vogue. Trying to gather the necessary knowledge about products and capabilities was very difficult. No "go to" place existed. But once this site finally added a dedicated forum, searching for topics and solving problems became much easier.

    If you folks decide you don't want to add it now, what would be your tipping point?
     
  8. chiefsilverback thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm thinking about my first HomeKit purchases and I'm wondering if I could use an Elgato Eve Room Sensor to control two smart plugs (any brand), one switching an electric space heater, and the other a humidifier?
     
  9. McGiord macrumors 601

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    I would like to see it. I believe it is a nice idea to expand the forum with a section for it, there are so many sub topics around it:
    Current devices out there in the market
    App development
    Users posting their set ups and configurations
    HomeKit and other home automation protocols X10, Infineon, etc...
    Home security
    Privacy and Cyber security
    I'm afraid it seems the ad revenues are more important that the users suggestions...it's becoming kind of annoying when simple scrolling in iOS devices to read other users messages to always hit an intrusive ad...
     
  10. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    I'll echo the need for a homekit section. After seeing yet another news article on the front page talking about home kit, I had a home kit related question (how does it work, how do we control home kit enabled stuff from an iOS device) but I couldn't find a forum to put it in. The closest would be either iPhone Accessories or Mac Accessories but neither seems right so I decided not to post instead.
     
  11. McGiord macrumors 601

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    @moderators
    Why don't you post a front page survey asking what are the new forum topics we would like to see, therefore there will be more interest.
    Some topics ideas:
    -MacBook/iPad hybrid
    -HomeKit
    -Apple Car
     
  12. dejo Moderator

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    Mods don't handle front page articles (or anything else outside of the forums); that's for the editors to decide.
     
  13. big samm macrumors 65816

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    Im also in for a dedicated thread exclusively for homekit users and devices... This section will only grow with time im all for it!! Pls mods homekit section Merci :)
     
  14. m11rphy macrumors 6502

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    I think a homekit section would be very useful, I have had homekit related questions in the past software and hardware related, but have never been sure when to post. I also think a new section will encourgae more discussion on the topic
     
  15. I am Sampson macrumors 6502

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    I completely agree. I've been into home automation for a while and keep looking for an area to discuss HomeKit on this forum. It really needs one. Feels like a bigger need than some of the areas we already have.
    Hopefully the editors will add something soon.
    I've had old systems like "alertme" and now just have hue (allbeit a lot - 13 bulbs, 4 strips, 2 taps and a modded-in living colours with remote) but am looking to get curtain controllers and other gadgets as HomeKit options become available.
     
  16. arijaycomet macrumors member

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    I've lurked on these forums for a few years, but just finally joined because of my passion for both Apple, and home automation. If you need help, moderators, or just people who could contribute-- i am very much interested in deeper HomeKit discussions. :) I've been on a bit of a posting/replying spree tonight trying to share my wealth of knowledge on the HomeKit hardware/software!
     
  17. m11rphy macrumors 6502

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    Had the Mods had any thoughts on this subject?
     
  18. stridemat Moderator

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    We did discuss and decided that the number of threads to date didn't necessarily require its own forum. However, I could see in the future this being created once a critical mass has been reached.
     
  19. I am Sampson macrumors 6502

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    Glad to hear it has been discussed. I'd personally still argue there is a need, I've already felt the need to make a query to arijaycomet privately which could easily have been a thread with multiple user comments and with his answer and others as support to further individuals.

    On that note, I mentioned in another thread that I would be happy to moderate such a homekit forum should there be a need, however whilst I would still be happy to do this, I would now recommend Arijaycomet over myself for such a theoretical position should it be needed and he be willing. This is based from a private conversion where he supported me and gave clear evidence of a desire to help others and significant personal experience in the relevant areas of homekit/home automation.
     
  20. dejo Moderator

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    There is absolutely no reason you can't start a thread about your HomeKit topic. That is certainly welcome. The concern is whether or not there is a need for a forum or sub-forum on the subject, to which the mods have decided: for now, it's a bit too early.
     
  21. I am Sampson macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I am aware of their decision, which is fair enough. They have the info on numbers and interest after all, I'm sure there are other topics they consider as well.
    My uncertainty when considering threads about it is where they would be made, especially where they would be made that someone else with similar interests would likely see them, ios9 area? Apple services? Mac programming?, none seem right. I guess ios9 is the closest even though it's not restricted to that???
    Unless you or another moderator can recommend a better or more appropriate area? No one wants to end up annoying people by putting threads in the wrong topic and having to have a moderator spend time moving them.
     
  22. m11rphy macrumors 6502

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    A good example here of people not knowing to ask HomeKit related questions - http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/anybody-using-homekit-devices.1936500/#post-22223711
     
  23. arijaycomet macrumors member

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    There needs to be a HomeKit forum. And stickies for the questions. People are going to ask how things work etc. and having a few threads to tackle the introductions would hugely help asap especially as we roll into the holidays and more people get on the band wagon!!
     
  24. ericgtr12 macrumors 6502a

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    I'll throw my hat in the ring for this as well. I search out these topics on a regular basis, it would be nice to see them consolidated into their own forum, as more and more products become available Homekit is being discussed on a regular basis. Just my .02 :)
     
  25. ZolakJHS macrumors member

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    I also support a HomeKit forum! Would be nice to have a place to ask questions and get information.
     

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