The Home app in iOS 10
It’s taken a while, but iOS 10 gives HomeKit a much needed boost, in part thanks to a brand new app
We’ve seen some amazing gadgets and devices in Apple Home in recent months, from colour-changing lighting and musical fridges to more practical heating and healthcare products. All of them can be controlled from an iOS app, but things start to get complicated as you add more and more devices to your home. When you leave for work each morning, you might want to turn off your lights and heating and turn on your security camera. Switching between apps to do all that could take so long that it’d be quicker to do things the old-fashioned way: by hand.
Apple designed HomeKit to solve that problem by allowing devices from different manufacturers to work together. So instead of using three different apps to control your lights, heating and security camera, you can use HomeKit to link your devices together and control them all with a single command.
That’s a great idea, but when HomeKit launched back in 2014 it was buried in the depths of iOS, and was simply ignored by most makers of home automation devices. Thankfully, iOS 10 raises HomeKit’s profile, and provides major new features to help get the ball rolling for your smart home. Coming home Important technical changes to HomeKit in iOS 10 allow it to work with a wider range of devices. We were surprised to find HomeKit didn’t originally work with security cameras, so the addition of this in iOS 10 will help open up the large and important home security market for Apple. Withings and Canary have told us they plan to add HomeKit support to their existing cameras, while D-Link is
planning a new one for later this year.
Home is available on iPad as well as iPhone, so you can easily check on and control things around your above as you work or relax.