The Best Apple Related Accessories at CES 2018

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  1. danpass macrumors 68020

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    That Philips stuff is pricey but it works nicely.

    Also works with Xfinity Home. (I have the alarm setup)
     
  2. wilsonlaidlaw macrumors 6502

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    Is it just me that sees the majority of Homekit devices to be the answers to questions or requirements nobody is asking or requesting. Voice control of shower - really? What is the problem with turning a knob. Multi coloured lighting - sorry not living in a night club. Homekit door lock. I find a modern secure Abus or Ingersoll key and deadlock works pretty well and cannot be hacked by crooks or suffer from a flat battery.......and so on.
     
  3. Amiriteoramirite macrumors newbie

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    This column gives a far better explanation than I could ever come up with on why I stopped attending the CES.
     
  4. truthertech macrumors 68000

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    You don't need an Apple TV to use HomeKit! It works with any iPhone, iPad, etc.
     
  5. HiVolt macrumors 6502a

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    Correct, but can only control your stuff locally but can't see the status or control your devices when out of the house, and without a homekit hub you cannot create schedules.
     
  6. Nunyabinez, Jan 12, 2018
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    Nunyabinez macrumors 68000

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    It's too bad that they are assuming that Apple fans are not in the Echo world.

    I bought one Echo Dot before Christmas and now I have six.

    The ability of Alexa to control smart devices blows HomeKit and particularly Siri out of the water.

    When I buy smart light switches and outlets, all I have to do is teach Alexa a new skill.

    With HomeKit, more often than not, I have to buy a whole frikken' hub.

    I bought a Chamberlain garage door opener so that I could use it with HomeKit. Only HomeKit fails about 80% of the time. I say "Hey Siri, open the garage door." Half the time nothing happens and I have to open the Smart Q app and the other half of the time Siri says "The garage door doesn't seem to be responding." But the garage door is already in the process of opening.

    I really wanted to be a HomeKit guy, but it is more expensive and mostly doesn't work.
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    Based on my experience with HomeKit here is what would happen: I say "Hey Siri, turn on the faucet" Siri says, "hmm, something seems to have gone wrong." I set down what is in my hands to manually turn it on and as I reach for the knob the water turns on and Siri says: "I wasn't able to do that. Please try later."
     
  7. BlargKing macrumors 6502

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    I'll agree with that. But they're straight up advertising this to the general public which is pretty dumb.
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    But you could achieve those functions without the need for the frivolous voice controls and "smart" integration.
     
  8. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

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    What's funny is Siri HomeKit works perfectly from my phone, but my Apple Watch seems to take about a minute and a half to process any HomeKit requests. Every other Siri request is perfectly fast. But "turn off the lights?" takes forever.
     
  9. kruegdude macrumors 6502

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    I’d buy the smart grass! lol
     
  10. Tech198, Jan 14, 2018
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    Tech198 macrumors G5

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    The automated faucet looks interesting and so do the hand held Osmo hand hand mobile mount, or the Hyperdrive (8-1 USB-C*also* changing your iPhone). I guess with an adapter u can do this to USB computers as well.

    power charging in the sleeve is all good, and more convenient than anything, but it would add to the weight which i think people would favor.
    This would be only good for those eon long trips.. For example i don't bother taking my adapter with me anymore as i make sure my Macbook Pro is charged before i leave.

    :cool:
     
  11. charlituna macrumors G3

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    There are already apps that do this. Although it sounds like they are trying to go native with it.

    What i’m curious about is how their ‘entertainment’ thing works. I think it would be great if it was something where content providers could put the controls into the content via maybe a ‘hidden’ audio track which would be heard by the standard app set in ‘listen’ mode. Syfy did their own sync app for a few shows but if they stop supporting it bye bye goes the fun.
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    I’d be interested in those if they can be preset for a ‘kids safe mode’ so that no matter how high Junior turns the knobs or even if he turns hot rather than cold, he can’t make a mess or burn himself.
     
  12. Alan Wynn macrumors 6502

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    Enabling voice control so that one would not need a measuring cup for water would be very convenient. "Dispense 6oz of water" into my pot, rather than needing to grab a measuring cup and turn on the faucet, measure, add or subtract a bit, etc., not a requirement, but a nice option for people who cook.

    Would be nice to be able to start my shower while I was still in bed and be notified when it was at the right temperature.

    There are many people who like control and are not on here.
     

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