If you are interested in turning your ordinary home into a smart one which senses your needs and eases your life, then Apple HomeKit definitely deserves a look.
What is Apple HomeKit, and what does it do?
Simply put, Apple HomeKit is a controller that connects and manages ALL your smart home devices (which are compatible with Apple HomeKit) through one portal/app. The HomeKit requires an iOS device (running iOS 10 or later) like an AppleTV, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, or a HomePod to integrate with your devices.
With an Apple HomeKit, you can manage all smart devices such as smart lights, thermostats, smart door locks, HVAC systems, and more. They can also be connected with each other and synchronised. For example, if you have smart lights and smart blinds, then you can create a scene that triggers the actions of both devices together to wake you up at a specific time. You can build several such scenes and automate a good chunk of your device activities.
Why do you need the home app for using HomeKit?
The Home App is the central hub for controlling different devices. Most HomeKit enabled devices come with their own apps, and with a Home App, you can keep them all in one place and interconnect them. You can only create scenes and combine automation through the Home App.
A Home App can be integrated with Control Center, 3D Touch quick actions, and of course, Siri. It can also be synced with Apple’s iCloud storage service and used on different devices that are on the iCloud.
Which smart devices in your house can be connected with the HomeKit?
Every device that comes with the tag “Works with Apple HomeKit” is compatible with the HomeKit. Some of the most popular devices for a smart home are – thermostats, lights, locks, smart plugs security cameras, and doorbells. You can find the complete list on the Apple website here.
How does it compare with other systems on the market such as Google Home and Amazon Echo?
Each platform has its strengths. But we find that some features of the Apple HomeKit score highly with its users. These are its scenes-based automation and geofence (certain things happen when the last person leaves the area), the flexibility and interconnectedness it offers across the home, and its design features. While the Apple HomeKit needs an Apple device (which is a deterrent for some) as an entry point, it also brings enhanced built-in iOS security and Apple’s penchant for privacy to users.
The trend towards cross-compatibility will ensure that platforms and devices become more interconnected and inclusive, so the only thing you need to keep in mind is the functionality and ease of usage – which makes Apple HomeKit a serious contender to take charge your smart home.