Make YOUR HOME EVEN SMARTER

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IOS ’S HOME APP of­fers the ex­tra flex­i­bil­ity nec­es­sary for a smart home to be con­ve­nient for your whole fam­ily. It takes the ex­ist­ing abil­ity to trig­ger au­toma­tions based on when your lo­ca­tion changes, a time of day oc­curs, an ac­ces­sory is con­trolled, or a sen­sor de­tects some­thing, and adds more de­tailed time con­straints plus the po­ten­tial to track all fam­ily mem­bers com­ing and go­ing.

For ex­am­ple, the ex­panded range of con­di­tions that can trig­ger au­toma­tions en­ables you to turn on your heat­ing only if some­one is home and the time is be­tween 5 PM and mid­night.

Bear in mind that au­tomat­ing HomeKit ac­ces­sories and scenes re­quires a de­vice that can act as a home hub. To­day, that’s ei­ther an iPad or an Ap­ple TV model that runs tvOS (start­ing with the 4th-gen­er­a­tion mod­els in­tro­duced in 2015); later in the year you’ll be able to use Ap­ple’s HomePod speaker for this pur­pose, too. In­struc­tions for set­ting up a HomeKit hub are at bit.ly/hub­setup, which we ex­pect Ap­ple will have up­dated to reflect iOS 11 and tvOS 11 by the time you read this.

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