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HomeKit’s Best Feature Only Works if You Own an Apple TV

by Jacob Kleinman | January 12, 2015January 12, 2015 10:00 pm PDT


Apple’s HomeKit system is almost ready to launch, but if you’re interested in filling your home with new connected devices you may want to pick up an Apple TV today. A recent report from The Verge reveals that the company’s set-top box will serve as a central hub for controlling your HomeKit devices with Siri when you’re out and about.

Here’s how it works: when you’re at home and connected to Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to control everything from your smart-lights to your smart-power strip by simply speaking commands to Siri. Once you leave the house, however, you’ll need to issue those orders through your Apple TV. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to open each individual app to control your smart-home from the road.

It’s not a huge problem, but Apple TV owners will definitely have an extra incentive to pick up new HomeKit products. The Verge also notes that only the third-generation set-top box and newer will support the service, and you’ll also need to be running 7.0 software or newer.

HomeKit is still on the horizon, and we might not see the first Apple-approved products hit the market until the second quarter of 2015. Plenty of companies seem eager to ship today, but for now it’s just a question of when Cupertino can finalize the new software.

The Verge

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...