“Apple’s introduction of HomeKit in iOS 8 two years ago was in many ways what we had been waiting for in the home automation world — a unifying framework that would signal a departure from the proprietary apps, devices, and ecosystems that we’d all come to know, and would take us into a place where we can build out smart homes from a collection of the best accessories available from a wide variety of vendors,” Jesse Hollington writes for iLounge.

“It’s been a long road from HomeKit’s initial debut, with many accessory makers taking a while to get on board, and Apple being slow to add support for new types of devices, and new capabilities,” Hollington writes. “With iOS 10, however, the HomeKit ecosystem is finally maturing, with Apple’s own Home app, support for a wealth of new devices and automations, and a critical mass of accessories that users can now work with.”

“However, with dozens of HomeKit-compatible accessories now availble to equip your home, where do you start? What are the areas you should be looking at and what are the best products?” Hollington writes. “To help you get started, we’ve gone through our collection of HomeKit accessory reviews and singled out our top choices for you across the five most significant home automation categories.”

Covered in the full article:

• Best Outlet — Incipio CommandKit Wireless Smart Outlet
• Best Lighting Solution — Lutron Caséta Wireless
• Best Thermostat — ecobee3
• Best Door Lock — August Smart Lock
• Best Sensors — Elgato Eve Room & Weather

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Remember: HomeKit for security.

How automated is your home? Have you gone beyond a smart thermostat, yet?

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Apple pulls Google’s Nest thermostat from stores with launch of HomeKit-compatible Ecobee 3 – July 23, 2015
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Google engineer trashes Tony Fadell’s precious Nest smoke alarm – February 19, 2015
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Smart thermostat war heats up as Apple-partner Honeywell takes aim at Google’s Nest – June 13, 2014
Honeywell takes dead aim at Google’s Nest with new iPhone-compatible Lyric smart thermostat – June 10, 2014
Google to SEC: We could serve ads on thermostats, refrigerators, car dashboards, and more – May 21, 2014
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