Apple to include dedicated HomeKit app in iOS 10?

Apple to include dedicated HomeKit app in iOS 10?
If you use an iDevice, you can reasonably expect iOS 10 to be rolled out this September at about the same time that the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus are released. According to a report published this weekend, one of the features that will be available to iOS 10 users will be a dedicated HomeKit app, possibly called "Home."

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.

source: MacRumors

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7 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

I love my Phillips Hue. Every room/light fixture in the house has a bulb. Especially all around my cabana. Makes parties a blast. Just bought about 80 feet of the light strips too to line the bar and pool area. The smart plugs are awesome too (not from Phillips, forgot the brand).

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Yeah, that's quite Un-ordinary... You remind me of Walden Schmidth (Ashton Kutcher)... Talk about PhoneArena Envy, eh? Sheesh... I almost hate you, "Mr 1%"...! Oh well, do send me an invitation... I intend to crash your party (Evil Grin)...! Yup, I can be honest... G'Day!

4. iApologistsAreRetards

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

You must be describing Mommy and Daddy's house, kid. LMAO!

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I quote: "Besides using this for comfort, the app could create the illusion that someone is living inside a house even when it is vacant." Apparently, Apple l hasn't seen the movie "Home Alone"... Wet Bandits, anyone? They used this 'illusion' to detect vacant houses! I'm mostly an ANALOGUE man, and I believe that 'technology' possess an inverse effect... Internet, porn... Smartphone, Smartphone addiction. Facebook, Facebook envy. Won't part my typewriter or analogue vintage Rolex even for an iPhone made of solid gold... Same goes to my 2-Stroke Yamaha and my carbureted truck with a manual transmission! Or perhaps my little collection of fountain pens... Oh well... G'Day!

5. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Well, it's pretty useless to me at the moment. I am wondering when will at the IoT things become mandatory in every household. Just like electric socket boards are mandatory for building a house. They should make IoT connection mandatory in every house. That way, we won't need the so call wifi wall sockets anymore, they will all be built in the normal wall sockets

6. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Who cares! I'm Intersested in its other feautures!!

7. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Another news about apple copying! It's so boring. Come on apple 3rd party apps do their job pretty well. Why don't you concentrate on a lil innovation. Make next iPhone worthy enough to upgrade

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