re­mote con­trol of your de­vices away from home

Use an Ap­ple TV to talk to your de­vices from a re­mote lo­ca­tion – or you can use an iPad in­stead

Mac Format - - APPLE HOME -

t’s kind of cool to re­lax on the sofa while you tell Siri to dim your lights or ad­just your heat­ing.

How­ever, you can use Home to con­trol your smart de­vices while you’re away from home, too.

The cen­tral piece in this jig­saw puz­zle is Ap­ple TV (third- or fourth­gen­er­a­tion mod­els only). If your iPhone and Ap­ple TV are both signed in to your iCloud ac­count, your iPhone can con­trol your lights and other de­vices from pretty much any­where in the world – at least, wher­ever you can get on­line.

Of course, not ev­ery­one wants to buy an Ap­ple TV just for that, so Ap­ple has added an­other new fea­ture to iOS 10 that it hasn’t talked about very much so far. You can ac­tu­ally use an iPad that’s ca­pa­ble of run­ning iOS 10 to pro­vide re­mote con­trol of your HomeKit de­vices. The iPad needs to stay at home and be on­line and pow­ered to be used for this, but at least this saves the ex­tra ex­pense of an Ap­ple TV. This fea­ture is en­abled in Set­tings > Home > Use this iPad as a Home Hub.

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