Apple to include dedicated HomeKit app in iOS 10?
Introduced during WWDC 2014, HomeKit allows those with an iPhone and iPad to remotely control the lights, smoke detectors, locks, thermostats, televisions and other devices inside the home. Last September, Apple filed a trademark application for a HomeKit icon which could be used for a dedicated app from which iOS users can control all of their various HomeKit apps. Currently, those using HomeKit must use various product apps or a third party app to control different devices inside the home. Besides using this for comfort, the app could create the illusion that someone is living inside a house even when it is vacant. This could deter criminals and thieves from breaking in.
An Apple employee who works in the marketing department revealed what might be Apple's intentions when he wrote a review for Amazon. In the review, the Apple marketing employee, whose identity has been verified by MacRumors, wrote about various third party Smart Home apps and added "The next version of iOS due this fall will have a stand-alone 'HomeKit' app as well."
The smart home movement has a long way to go before it becomes an afterthought to tell Siri or Google Now that you're heading to bed which would result in a series of locks and alarms getting activated, raise or lower the thermostat to a comfortable setting, and turn off the lights. A dedicated iOS app would be a step forward toward that goal.