KB Homes offering new houses in California with Apple HomeKit pre-installed

KB Homes offering new houses in California with Apple HomeKit pre-installed
KB Homes, a publicly traded home building company, is now offering home buyers in California the opportunity to have their home built with Apple's HomeKit pre-installed. This would allow the new home owner to control the thermostat, lights, locks, fans and more via commands made to Siri or via the Home app.

Home owners could set scenes so that a single app on the "I'm leaving" box in the Home app automatically turns off the thermostat, locks doors, shuts the fan and does everything you want to lockdown the house in your absence. Scenes can be set for the morning, when you return from being out, and for the evening. You could also arrange to view live webcam of your doorway to see whose been knocking on your door, or ringing your bell (apologies to Men at Work and Paul McCartney and Wings).

Apple hasn't officially announced that it has been working with home developers, but this would seem to make too much sense for Apple not to get involved in. One of the test homes for KB Homes' Magnolia complex at Patterson Ranch includes a unit pre-loaded with $30,000 worth of HomeKit products. Considering that these homes start at $900,000, the 3% extra cost might seem like a drop in the bucket to have all of the features offered by the Apple HomeKit accessories. It all means comfort and security.


source: RedmondPie

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4 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

And that's how Apple adds feature to iOS - real world adoption.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

"One of the test homes for KB Homes' Magnolia complex at Patterson Ranch includes a unit pre-loaded with $30,000 worth of HomeKit products". Damn, I agree that it's a drop in the bucket for a house that costs $900,000, but that doesn't mean that it's not insanely expensive when I'm sure a lot of the setup, installation, and configuration can't be done by a competent homeowner after purchasing the house for a fraction of the price. Plus I think I'd have a lot of fun doing home upgrades myself.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Rich people are lazy.......I'd have done the same, just to avoid the hassle.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, well aside from the fact that I don't buy Apple products I would like to pick and choose each and every individual component of my smart home, and configure everything to my liking and have it work the way I like and not what some company thinks it should.

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