IOS smart home options?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by radiologyman, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. radiologyman, Jun 21, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2014

    radiologyman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    Did not find a better place to put this thread so here it is. I am buying a new home soon and decided to look around for smart home options. I will need home security system, audio in most rooms and hopefully some home automation. I understand that IOS 8 HomeKit will finally start addressing this issue but not sure what hardware is currently available, hopefully future proof with IOS 8.

    I have Airport Extreme with attached hard drive to serve music, pictures and movies, AppleTV and several Airplay speakers, so this may take care of audio for now. I may install inwall speakers with aiplay or bluetooth compatibility later.

    I don't even know where to start with home automation, I have not seen anything user friendly like IOS 8 should be and can wait till it comes.

    House is not prewired for security. The area is safe but my wife wants a security system so I would like to buy soon a system feeding of house internet, with ability to see notifications/images on iphone. Any ideas will be appreciated.
  2. afsnyder macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    Considering iOS 8 just came out as a beta, I don't see anyone coming out with anything until iOS 8 launches to the public.
  3. radiologyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    Good point. After official release we will see some new hardware and likely also some third party hubs bringing compatibility to previously released hardware. I suppose I should buy security system from a larger company with existing iPhone integration, making it more likely that ios 8 compatibility will be added later.
  4. afsnyder macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    Probably. I believe that HomeKit is just an API so you'll still need the app anyway.
  5. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    About a year too early. It will likely be CES before we see a large selection of hardware demoed.
  6. radiologyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    my understanding is that home kit requires specific apple approved wifi chip within the hardware or connecting hub. I think you may bypass app if hardware hooks into API directly. Anyways, any recommendations on already available home security?

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