Apple delays HomeKit launch until autumn

“Apple fans hoping for an imminent release of the company’s home automation platform, HomeKit, will have to wait,” Stacey Higginbotham reports for Fortune. “Sources participating in the program tell Fortune that the launch date has moved back from an anticipated May or June time-frame to something closer to late August or September.”

“To be clear, Apple has never announced a launch date for HomeKit, but partners had said during this year’s CES, the annual consumer electronics trade show, to expect something in spring,” Higginbotham reports. “That has changed. Sources close to the situation say Apple is planning a smaller announcement around HomeKit in the near term, but not the official launch.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Info and developer tools at WWDC in June and shipping products to come later, possibly the same situation as with a revamped Apple TV (although the device itself could always ship with what it offers now plus the prospect of more (App Store, apps, HomeKit support) to come over time).

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

13 Comments

    1. I think you meant ‘…Apple approach.’ And also, Apple, just keep your collective mouths’ shut about it until it actually IS ready. Loose lips sink spaceships.

      So does this mean there won’t be a new AppleTV until fall?

        1. Apple better tell the HomeKit compatible OEMs then that are releasing next month according to another article from MDN today. “Apple: First HomeKit accessories coming from partners next month”

  1. I realize it never had a firm release date, but why announce it so early. I’m a long time Apple fan, but it’s lost some luster in past few years for me.

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