First accessories to support Apple’s HomeKit launch next week

“The first home automation products using Apple’s new Siri-controlled HomeKit platform will arrive next week, according to sources briefed on Apple’s plans,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac.

“Many of the companies previewing HomeKit products in recent months are likely to be among the roughly five companies sources say will make announcements early next week,” Kahn reports. “We’ll also see more of what’s in store for HomeKit at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference [on June 8th], which starts only days after the announcements.”

“Earlier this month, we reported that Apple is planning a new ‘Home’ app for iOS 9 that uses virtual rooms to manage HomeKit accessories, which will give a user interface to the platform other than Siri,” Kahn reports. “As we’ve previously noted, the Apple TV will also play a role in controlling HomeKit accessories.”

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MacDailyNews Take: This year’s WWDC is going to be epic!

Apple's WWDC 2015 invitation graphic
Apple’s WWDC 2015 invitation graphic

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. Public Service Announcement: Many will find it very convenient to interact with Siri on an iPhone or an Apple Watch to do things like turn on the lights, make coffee, see who is ringing the door bell and start the car. This progress is exciting, but users should be aware of the implications when running vehicles in garages.

    Typical dwellings have a different pressure compared to the outdoor environment. As a result, pollutants from the outside can seep through doors, windows, electrical outlets, attics, ductwork, etc. Some homeowners find it convenient to run their combustion engine vehicles in their garages before they leave their dwellings, especially if it the environment is cold or hot. Running a vehicle in a garage means carbon monoxide poisonous gas will seep into the living space, even if the garage door is open. This can cause sickness and death. Therefore, it is a good idea to move the car into the driveway and close the garage door before running the vehicle for any length of time.

    A solution to this problem is to just run the car’s environmental heating and cooling system and not the vehicle’s engine. Some automobile manufacturers have built iPhone and/or Apple Watch apps which can accomplish this exact task.

  2. I’m interested as to what the hub device is. I have a Apple Airport but all the Ethernet connections are full. I run my AppleTV of a Airport Express in another area of the house along with Hue hub also out if the Airport Express.

  3. I sense a little déjà vu. “Today we are going to release 3 new devices. A revolutionary voice contrôléd Apple TV. A new game console. And a Home automation hub. A Apple TV, a game console and home automation. Is any one getting it?” That would be epic, in itself, if they would introduce the new ATV like the iPhone. If Apple sticks with what the invite shows, they will change the landscape of the Streaming Box market, the Home Automation market and shake the game console market to the core. This will be an epic event!

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