Six years of HomeKit: How things are with Apple’s home automation – Market Research Telecast
Apple came up with HomeKit to make the smart home safe and easy to use. On the way there, however, the iPhone manufacturer’s platforms from Amazon and Google have overtaken the iPhone manufacturer, especially with their large number of inexpensive devices. We take a look at the state of play, recent developments and existing weaknesses.
HomeKit promises the interaction of smart home devices from very different manufacturers under a common interface, combined with voice control by Siri. The installation of the vast majority of devices is not a problem even without an electrician and is therefore also possible for tenants.
On the one hand, HomeKit devices can be operated with the Home app from the iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch. Second, Siri can also be used on these. The voice assistant is also available for the Apple TV or the HomePod (mini). Thirdly, devices can be combined into groups or scenes and switched together if necessary. And fourth – and this aspect finally justifies the name home automation – the devices can control each other, for example a temperature sensor can switch on the fan or the heating thermostats when a threshold value is reached. The fifth mainstay of HomeKit is the operation of home devices from outside.
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