Apple clarifies HomeKit specs

Ellen Wu
9 October, 2014
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Homekit, ios 8, apple, macworld australiaApple is breaking into the connected home appliance market with published specifications for HomeKit through its Made-For iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program.

Apple’s HomeKit provides a set of tools for makers of home products to integrate their wares with Apple’s mobile OS.

TechHive writer Susie Ochs labelled HomeKit the “most mysterious feature of iOS 8”.

The user can control these third-party smart-home gadgets using Apple’s iOS 8, creating a central hub for users to access their gadgets through an interconnected system.

Smart locks, lights, cameras, thermostats, plus and switches are expected to be compatible with the iPhone.

Apple is working with leaders in the home automation such as Haier, Honeywell and Texas Instruments to identify and create a consistent network protocol.

Apple includes specifications for pairing, security and talking to Bluetook LE and Wi-Fi-connected HomeKit accessories in the final spec.

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