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 

  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 20 Nov 2017
      Since 2012, sectional title complexes have been leading the South African property market, not only in terms of price growth, but sales volumes as well. Remaining relatively strong, even in the face of 2017’s political and economic turmoil, experts say this market segment could offer valuable insight into South Africans’ property purchase priorities.
    • 20 Nov 2017
      Regardless of whether you are purchasing your first start-up home, downsizing or moving in with roommates, finding ways to maximise small spaces can be a big advantage, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.
    • 20 Nov 2017
      Property valued at approximately R1 billion is on High Street Auctions’ sales floor during the month of November, including the much-anticipated sale of the Tshwane Mayoral Residence and the land occupied by one of South Africa’s oldest operating gold mines.
    • 17 Nov 2017
      FWJK has announced the launch of its latest residential brand, the Lil’ Apple, which will be launched simultaneously in two developments in Cape Town and Umhlanga totaling 600 apartments. The Lil’ Apple is set to be a brand of FWJK’s New York style apartments which will be rolled out nationally.
    • 17 Nov 2017
      It’s been a tumultuous year on many fronts, with socio-political uncertainty setting the tone for much of South Africa’s economic activity yet despite this and seemingly counter-intuitively, the residential property market has held up well.
    • 17 Nov 2017
      The EAAB (the Estate Agency Affairs Board) recently claimed that around 50,000 illegal estate agents could currently be operating illegally.
    • 16 Nov 2017
      Penthouses are synonymous with New York – characterised by high-rise living that is decidedly luxurious and spacious. While exclusivity comes at a price, you can still create a “penthouse” look and feel in your existing apartment or even the upstairs bedroom of a double storey house with some clever design changes and styling touches.
    • 16 Nov 2017
      The area has long been popular with kite surfers and, with escalating property prices in Cape Town itself, is increasingly in demand with home owners who work in town, but are looking to invest in more affordable properties.
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us