Apple HomeKit was first introduced during the company’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference last June. It serves as a software development kit (SDK) that will allow iOS devices and other Apple products to more easily control the smart home, through software and even Siri.
The first Broadcom chips for HomeKit devices started to ship in November, signifying that the launch was incoming, and the latest Apple TV beta added support for the service back in October. Now, according to Re/code, we’re just a few months away from the first batch of devices shipping.
The news outlet said recently that the first HomeKit-enabled smart home gadgets, such as approved lightbulbs and the sort that you’ll be able to control from your phone, are due to start shipping this spring. One such product due out in that timeframe, according to Re/Code, is the GridConnect ConnectSense Smart Outlet, which will cost $80 and will allow you to control gadgets connected to the outlet from your Apple devices. Re/code said Apple will take a cut of the sales, which is pretty typical of its business model.
Apparently Apple’s MFi certification is partially to blame, mainly because it takes Apple a long time to make sure all of the hardware is up to snuff to its standards. It may be later than Apple and its fanbase had hoped, but it’s better later than never, right?
The aforementioned product is just one of many expected this spring, according to statements provided to Re/code by Apple, which said “several announced at CES” will start to hit the market in the coming months. “HomeKit offers a set of common protocols making it easier for customers to control HomeKit-enabled accessories using Siri or iOS apps,” Apple said. “HomeKit is built on a secure foundation with end-to-end encryption which provides customers a secure connection between their iPhone or iPad and HomeKit accessory.”
I just installed a Nest for the first time, and I’m excited to see how Apple’s HomeKit-certified products compete with the options already on the market.