HomeKit

Apple to allow OEMs to use Lightning ports in 2015

Apple to allow OEMs to use Lightning ports in 2015

Apple’s proprietary Lightning port might soon be a bit more open for use. Though many companies produce Lightning cables, none can make or implement an actual Lightning port. At the Made for iPhone (MFi) summit in China this week, word that Apple is set to allow more companies to use the Lightning port is trickling out. Of course, Apple won’t be letting just anyone use Lightning; the company and product have to meet rigorous MFi standards, and use Lightning as Apple intended.

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Manufacturers are now getting chips with Apple’s HomeKit

Manufacturers are now getting chips with Apple’s HomeKit

The Smart Home of Tomorrow is quickly becoming the norm for today, with many companies sticking their hands in the collective home automation pot. Among these is none less than Apple with its HomeKit, which we saw unveiled this past summer. There's a certification process that must be followed for those wishing to get on board, chief among it being the need to use HomeKit-enabled chips from certain approved makers; namely, Texas Instruments, Broadcom, and Marvell. The first two chipmakers in that group, it has been revealed, are now shipping their wares.

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Apple finalizes MFi; get ready for HomeKit

Apple finalizes MFi; get ready for HomeKit

Yesterday, we brought you info about Apple working some HomeKit into Apple TV. The move would turn your Apple TV into a centralized hub for the connected home. Rather than have a secondary device, you’d be able to use tour connected Apple device to run a variety of third-party hardware. The missing part of that equation was the third-party hardware, which has been waiting on some Apple software tweaks. Now that Made For iPhone (MFi) standards have been finalized, expect a flood of hardware.

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Apple TV gets HomeKit functionality via update

Apple TV gets HomeKit functionality via update

Apple TV might just be the best platform you’ll have for a connected home. An update to the software today shows how Apple could leverage the device to make HomeKit reliably cool. If you’ve got Apple’s set-top box, it may be your go-between for controlling your home from your smartphone.

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Tado smart thermostat adds HomeKit, SmartThings, hue & more

Tado smart thermostat adds HomeKit, SmartThings, hue & more

Smart thermostat Tado is reinventing itself as a smart home hub, adding Apple HomeKit support among other things, and taking on Nest and Honeywell's new Lyric in the process. Finishing its Kickstarter campaign today with $54k more than it hoped for, Tado started out as a way to easily control aftermarket AC units, but has already evolved into something that can connect with lighting, A/V equipment, and the cloud.

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Here’s how Apple iOS 8 HomeKit works

Here’s how Apple iOS 8 HomeKit works

Apple has set its sights on the smart home, and HomeKit is how it plans to dominate it, promising a more cohesive automation experience by becoming the glue that holds everything together. HomeKit won’t launch officially until iOS 8 arrives on iPhones and iPads later this year, but developers and accessory manufacturers are already being let into the loop so they can get their software and hardware ready. Read on to find out exactly how it works.

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