New chips built by Texas Instruments and Broadcom are starting to ship to makers of smart home products, according to Forbes. The chips will enable companies that build smart home products, whether they’re meant to control your lighting or security systems, your air conditioner and heat, or any other connected product in your home, to work seamlessly with Apple HomeKit. The platform was first introduced by Apple in June and is supported in iOS 8 and even in new beta Apple TV software.
That means that, when these smart home products start to roll out, you’ll be able to control them all from a central application on your iPhone or likely even your Apple TV, which may eventually become the heart of your smart home, depending on Apple’s plans for that product. HomeKit also offers secure pairing and the ability to link devices right into Siri which will allow you to control your devices using voice commands. “Siri, set the temperature to 72 degrees,” you might say, once these products finally hit the market.
Forbes said that Apple is still working on “finalizing” the HomeKit protocol and that, while it expects new devices to hit the market soon, the products may need new firmware once Apple has finalized everything on its end. As such, smart home device makers will at least be able to start crafting new devices using the certified chips from TI and Broadcom, though it’s still unknown when they’ll be ready to ship to consumers and when HomeKit will officially launch.