Control Your Home With Apple Homekit

apple_homekit_6ngenApple wants to make the smart home a whole lot smarter. With a feature called HomeKit that's coming in IOS 8. IPhones will be able to start controlling smart devices, such as garage door openers, lights, and security cameras. They'll all be controllable through Siri too, so Apple says that just by saying, "Get ready for bed," a smart home could automatically dim its lights and lock its doors. This was the most-leaked feature before the Apple event, the idea is to create a system where manufacturers incorporate a 'Made For iPhone' feature into whatever device they make. This is Apple's first step into the burgeoning smart home market, and it sounds like an ambitious attempt to make some sense of it. Smart home products have been crippled by compatibility issues, so homeowners have had to do a whole lot of work just to make sure that their supposedly "smart" homes can actually function. By introducing a protocol that will let devices work together through one of the most popular phones around, Apple can very quickly start to straighten up that mess. "There are great apps and devices on the market, but we thought we could bring some rationality to this," Apple software chief Craig Federighi said today at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference.