Control & Automation

Apple Announces Dedicated Home App for iOS 10

With Apple's new Home app for iOS 10, all smart home devices supporting HomeKit will be one swipe away. The app also includes new categories of gadgets such as surveillance cameras.

Apple Announces Dedicated Home App for iOS 10
Apple is making strides in home automation with its new Home app for iOS 10.

Chelsea Cafiero · June 14, 2016

Apple's new iOS 10 has become the talk of the tech world after the new iPhone software was announced at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) this week.

Scheduled to be available to users in the fall, iOS 10 boasts a slew of new features. The most important for CE pros to note is the new Home app, a single destination spot for users to manage all products supporting HomeKit, such as those controlling lighting, shading and door locks.

Smart home products supporting HomeKit have been rolled out over the course of the last few years since Apple announced HomeKit in 2014. To date there are a few dozen on the market. Previously, users had to rely on third party apps to control their smart home products, which was less than convenient as many apps don't have the same set of features or even support all smart devices. 

The new Home app should simplify things a bit. It includes a favorites section and support for new HomeKit accessories like cameras. Perhaps best of all, the app is built into the iPhone's Control Center, so all home controls are a quick swipe up from the bottom of the screen. No more hunting from page to page to find the right app.  

In addition, new geofencing support will allow users to trigger certain devices automatically whenever they change location. For example, you can set your lights to turn on when you leave work or tell your AC to turn on when you arrive at home.

HomeKit was also added to Siri's capabilities via Apple TV. Apple says to expect the Home app to be available on Apple Watch in the fall.



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Chelsea Cafiero is Senior Web Editor of CE Pro. She also manages the corresponding websites of sister publications Commercial Integrator, Security Sales & Integration, Campus Safety and Electronic House. Chelsea has previously covered politics, local news and consumer electronics. She joined the CE Pro family in 2012. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Chelsea at ccafiero@ehpub.com

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Comments

Posted by Seth_J on June 15, 2016

There are tons of options that gives end users a discoverable, simple to setup system with a standard, unified API and customizable interface that runs on hundreds of millions of pocket supercomputers that also do natural language voice control in 22 languages? 

No, no.. I don’t think you know what you are talking about if you are comparing this to anything else on the market.

Posted by mbaty on June 14, 2016

There are tons of options that do the same thing, this is just Apple’s version. Competition forces innovation, which is good. I like native Apps and hope device manufacturers start making more devices for this. I’m still really impressed with Simple Control though, I think it can handle almost anything a customer would want for a fraction of the cost. Hoping to see more innovation out of that camp.

Pretty soon home automation will be as standard as owning a computer is now.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on June 14, 2016

You are connect, but folks still need to keep up with Apple’s involvement in the space.

Posted by harper1994 gmail.com on June 14, 2016

Uh, you guys ARE aware that a Z Wave system will do all of the things described in this article? You know that there is a plethora devices that already exist and they ALL can be controlled through a single app? You know that GeoFencing is already a native function in the Vera for example? Furthermore, using the Vera as the example, you can control many, many non-Z Wave devices through on-board apps in the controller as well.

Apple issuing a new app with nothing else to go with really isn’t news is it?

Posted by harper1994 gmail.com on June 14, 2016

Uh, you guys ARE aware that a Z Wave system will do all of the things described in this article? You know that there is a plethora devices that already exist and they ALL can be controlled through a single app? You know that GeoFencing is already a native function in the Vera for example? Furthermore, using the Vera as the example, you can control many, many non-Z Wave devices through on-board apps in the controller as well.

Apple issuing a new app with nothing else to go with really isn’t news is it?

Posted by Julie Jacobson on June 14, 2016

You are connect, but folks still need to keep up with Apple’s involvement in the space.

Posted by mbaty on June 14, 2016

There are tons of options that do the same thing, this is just Apple’s version. Competition forces innovation, which is good. I like native Apps and hope device manufacturers start making more devices for this. I’m still really impressed with Simple Control though, I think it can handle almost anything a customer would want for a fraction of the cost. Hoping to see more innovation out of that camp.

Pretty soon home automation will be as standard as owning a computer is now.

Posted by Seth_J on June 15, 2016

There are tons of options that gives end users a discoverable, simple to setup system with a standard, unified API and customizable interface that runs on hundreds of millions of pocket supercomputers that also do natural language voice control in 22 languages? 

No, no.. I don’t think you know what you are talking about if you are comparing this to anything else on the market.