iDevices Announces Launch Dates for HomeKit-Enabled Smart Plugs and Thermostat

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    iDevices today announced the launch date of its trio of HomeKit-enabled products that includes the iDevices Switch, Outdoor Switch, and Thermostat. The Switch and Thermostat will be available for purchase on iDevices' online storefront, or exclusively from Lowe's retail stores, starting on September 28, while the Outdoor Switch is slated for a release later in November.

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    Originally announced back in January at CES, the iDevices Switch allows HomeKit users to easily control, monitor, and program anything directly connected into the smart plug. Users will be able to set powering on and off schedules, and use Siri to control the status of the device connected to the Switch. The iDevices Switch will retail for $49 when it launches later this month.

    The Outdoor Switch is largely similar to the traditional Switch model, but includes a rain-tight plug along with dual outlets so that users can control and program anything outdoors, like seasonal holiday lighting and spotlights. This model won't be available until an unspecified time in November, however, and as such doesn't have a specified retail price yet.

    Lastly is the iDevices Thermostat, which the company states can control a home's AC and heat from anywhere using Siri or the connected app, so that they "can ensure their home temperature will always be exactly the way they like it." On September 28, the HomeKit-enabled Thermostat will launch for $149 alongside the Switch in Lowe's stores and on the iDevices website.

    Along with the new products, iDevices is updating its Connected App [Direct Link] to version 2.0, with a new interface and the ability to connect and support other company's HomeKit products -- like the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt -- in addition to its own. Users interested can find out more information, and pre-order the iDevices Switch, Outdoor Switch, and Thermostat over at the company's official website. Lowe's is also accepting pre-orders on the Switch and Thermostat, with the ability to pick up the new HomeKit-enabled products at your local store on launch day.

    Article Link: iDevices Announces Launch Dates for HomeKit-Enabled Smart Plugs and Thermostat
     
  2. Cassady macrumors 6502a

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    So now my Phone, and Siri, actually can make me a cup of coffee....
     
  3. macs4nw macrumors 601

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    HomeKit is one of my most anticipated new developments this year, and I can't wait for more products to become available, and all the inevitable initial bugs to be ironed out. HomeKit will complete the genesis of whole-home automation.

    Welcome John: "The laundry just finished, the groceries are .5 Mi from delivery (eta 4min), your wife is out shopping at Burberry, your children are doing their homework at Meg's place and will arrive home in 55min., your Scotch is pre-chilled, and your Main Display is on ESPN. Enjoy your evening Sir".
     
  4. Jakexb macrumors 6502a

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    Did I miss something? I thought Apple TV was going to be the HomeKit base?
     
  5. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    Why would I use any of these devices over the Nest? Which is an incredible device
     
  6. macs4nw macrumors 601

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    Google's almighty Data vacuums.....?
     
  7. GSPice macrumors 68000

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    I have a Nest, and there's no Siri integration.
     
  8. TheKrs1 macrumors 6502

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    I was pumped to get a nest. I have a 2nd generation Nest Thermostat and 3x 1st generation Nest Protects in my house. It's not as incredible as I had hoped. The away detection needs work, or rather ... to plug in to be smarter. I use smartthings and it can detect my home/away status better than Nest can because it GPS' my phone. Nest doesn't plug into a Smartthings API. Nest doesn't have Siri integration. I'd much rather have switched to a different thermostat, but it's too late now.
     
  9. extricated macrumors 6502

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    Good to hear the things from you guys confirming my concerns about Nest.
    I'm excited about the iDevices!
     
  10. macosxuser01 macrumors 6502a

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    Even though Nest looks nice and slick, the Ecobee is far superior then the Nest.
     
  11. mdriftmeyer macrumors 68030

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    I'll buy this thermostat or another over the Nest any day of the week. Nest is a pain in the rear when issues arrive with Google servers.
     
  12. Alameda macrumors 6502a

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    If you've ever wired a thermostat, you'll know:
    A) It shorts 2 pins to turn a fan On or Off
    B) It shorts two pins to turn AC On or Off
    C) It shorts two pins to turn Hearer On or Off

    There is rarely a High or Low, just On/Off. Not much magic
     
  13. katemiller macrumors newbie

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    The very advantage of smart switches and plugs is that, it can be controlled remotely via some application in your smartphone an few other things you must consider are the automation controlling, compatibility, connectivity and weather endurance.

    For more visit http://mobilesiri.com/best-smart-plugs-switches/
     

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