• Apple Equips Third-Generation Apple TVs with HomeKit Support

    Apple has reportedly given third-generation Apple TVs an interesting tweak in last week’s software update. The feature includes compatibility with the company’s new HomeKit home automation technology. HomeKit support was initially included in later beta versions of the Apple TV Software Update 7.0, which was released alongside iOS 8. Despite being absent from Apple’s official documentation, the HomeKit frameworks were found in the shipping update.

    For those of you who didn’t know, HomeKit is designed to make life easier for consumers when it comes to controlling home automation systems. The initiatives goal is to allow companies that are good at hardware to design the hardware and companies that excel at software to focus on the software, leaving Apple to bring the two together. Many people speculated that HomeKit is the first software from Apple in the home and that “iLights” and “iLocks” are to come shortly after. That being said, the one product that is most likely to stem from the initiative is the Apple TV itself. The following was mentioned regarding the topic:

    Imagine bringing home a fourth-generation Apple TV, connecting it to your Wi-Fi network, and immediately being able to ask Siri to turn off your downstairs lights and raise the temperature in the house when you go to bed, no matter which smart home manufacturer made the bulbs and thermostat. All of this with minimal additional configuration — and minimal investment — thanks to the behind-the-scenes work done by Apple with HomeKit.
    This particular scenario seems more certain given that millions of third-generation Apple TVs are already in the homes of many people around the world. We’ll have to wait and see what Apple has in mind though. The company appears to be very quiet since the Worldwide Developers Conference but this may be indication that more developments are on the way. We’ll have to wait to find out.

    Source: Apple (Support), Forbes via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Equips Third-Generation Apple TVs with HomeKit Support started by Akshay Masand View original post
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