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First HomeKit devices launch ahead of Apple’s WWDC

by Jacob Kleinman | June 2, 2015June 2, 2015 6:30 am EST

As promised, the first HomeKit devices were announced this week, exactly a year after Apple first revealed its smart home certification program. The news comes less than a week before WWDC, where Apple is expected to expand on the software and reveal a new Home app as part of iOS 9.

For now only two companies, Insteon and Lutron, are offering devices that work with HomeKit, though three more will launch next month. There’s already a ton of different options though, ranging from air monitors and thermostats to a light dimmers and a smart home hub.

Lutron currently offers two different lighting kits, making it possible to control the lights in your home using an iPhone with Siri commands. Meanwhile, Insteon has its own hub, which makes it possible to control a number of connected gadgets at once.

Elgato is offering pre-orders for a variety of sensors that can measure the air quality, temperature, humidity and tell you when someone opens a door or window. The company will also offer a HomeKit-approved energy switch for turning devices on or off remotely. iHome will ship a connected power outlet in July, and Ecobee’s smart thermostat is set to add HomeKit support in the near future. Some devices will be sold through the Apple Store retail locations, while others will only be available online.

This is likely just the start for HomeKit and we have a feeling that plenty other companies will announce support for the platform or entirely new devices designed for iPhone users within the next few months. For now Apple fans already have some pretty good options.

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...