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This article was published on June 2, 2014

Apple announces HomeKit, an SDK for controlling your home from your iOS device

Apple announces HomeKit, an SDK for controlling your home from your iOS device
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

The connected Internet of Things smart home offering from Apple has emerged from the shadows of WWDC and it’s called HomeKit. While it’s not the industry leading move many had hoped for, it’s a first step into an industry that hasn’t evolved beyond early adopters.

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Apple is working with a number of home automation developers, including Honeywell, Philips, Withings, Haier and more.

Unfortunately HomeKit doesn’t work most of the systems already on the market. Apple did announce partnerships with HomeKit. It’s also worth mentioning that HomeKit won’t be available until iOS 8 launches this fall.

Until then, you’ll have to continue using your finger to switch the lights off and on like a neanderthal.

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