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Apple TV to serve as central hub for HomeKit devices

by Jacob Kleinman | June 3, 2015June 3, 2015 7:40 am PDT

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Earlier this week the first HomeKit-approved gadgets hit the market. Now, Apple’s released an online guide for the its smart home platform that reveals even more, including how you’ll control all your connected appliances remotely.

It turns out the Apple TV will serve as a central hub for HomeKit, though only if you have the third-generation model or newer. All you need to do is sign into your iOS device and Apple TV with the same Apple ID. From there, you can control everything in your house with Siri commands.

The same document offers a few more HomeKit details. For example, it notes that you’ll need to download a specific app for each new gadget, suggesting that Apple won’t release its rumored Home app as part of iOS 9. The company also explains how you can control these devices with voice commands like “set the temperature to 68” or “turn off the lights in the living room” through Siri. That’s exactly how Nest works with Google Now, too.

Finally, the document reveals that some third-party apps will let you control multiple devices at once with a single command. For example, you might be able to install smart light bulbs through the entire house and then turn them off or on with just a few words.

Apple is expected to talk more about HomeKit next week at WWDC 2015. We’ll be covering the entire event live from San Francisco.


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...