The new Apple TV expected this fall will be a turning point for Homekit. Apple's Home Automation is off to a slow start. This will change this fall.
There are about 20 different devices offered in the Connected Home isle of the Apple Store.
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Only two listed devices are HomeKit enabled today.
The Lutron Caseta lightning devices and the ecobee3 smart thermostat support Homekit now.
Several of the listed products are HomeKit compatible. There is though no support for it available yet. Elgato offers Apple HomeKit enabled devices, but for some reason the Apple Store is not selling them.
Philips, August, iDevices and iHome have announced HomeKit compatibility that will likely come this fall.
Fall will bring two things essential for the HomeKit growth. iOS 9 and the new 2015 Apple TV are essential in jump starting the HomeKit platform.
iOS 9 expands the support for the types of accessories and simplifies set up. Developers gain more control to offer more ways to interact with accessories. iOS 9 also allows HomeKit devices to be controlled remotely with iCloud.
The new Apple TV will support apps for the first time. Besides media consumption, the Apple TV will be the hub for Homekit. Users will be able to control all their home automation gear from their TV screen.
Earlier this wee a EETimes report raised eyebrows. Apple reportedly made a big last minute change. Apple requires HomeKit device makers to include a special identity chip.
If this is true than currently sold hardware that is announced to be HomeKit compatible is likely not.
It is not quite clear yet what the identity chip does. We assume it is connected to security. Given the reports about hacked cars, Apple definitely does not want to see reports about hacked Homes.
HomeKit is off to a slow start, but that does not mean it will not be huge. There are several competing platforms and none has taken off yet.
Home Automation is a complex topic. In the end the most easiest to use platform will succeed.
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In related news. A new study found that the Elgato HomeKit apps is dominating the app downloads since the June release.