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Apple’s Smart Home Endeavour

Apple introduced HomeKit this week which aims to make the smart home even smarter than it is right now - but how does it work?

Apple’s HomeKit, which will run on the iOS 8, will enable iPhone users to control smart applications in their homes from their phones. Right now it looks like the kit will work through Siri and not through another app. It will allow users to control things like garage doors, lights and security cameras from their phone. However the big question has yet to be answered - how will smart devices interact with HomeKit? Most smart devices are not able to function over WI-FI as they have very specific power needs - we are yet to see how this hurdle will be overcome by Apple but it does look promising.

Apple has already named partners in this endeavour such as August (a company that already provides smart locking devices), Philips and Honeywell among various others. 

The announcement follows Google’s acquisition of Nest earlier this year, and is Apple’s first foray into the smart home arena. Is this the new frontier for tech companies? Only time will tell as there is still a long way to go before the smart home really becomes smart.

Watch the video from the Apple Keynote address at WWDC 2014 regarding HomeKit to find out more 



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