How Apple’s HomeKit broke my digital heart

“When Apple first announced HomeKit in 2014 I hoped it would be the unifying platform that let me truly control all my smart home devices as if they all came from the same company,” Jeff Gamet writes for The Mac Observer. “That turned out to be true, but in the end it doesn’t really matter because HomeKit has become a raging s*#t storm, and I finally have to accept that.”

“I love that HomeKit lets me control my smart home devices regardless if I’m home, or practically anywhere else in the world,” Gamet writes. “I also love that it reliably manages my ecobee smart thermostat schedule when ecobee‘s own app failed.”

“My big problem with HomeKit isn’t overall reliability. Apple has most of those issues under control, although I sometimes have problems where only part of a scene executes,” Gamet writes. “My problem is that the HomeKit platform is so fragile that when something goes wrong there isn’t a graceful way to recover. In fact, there isn’t any way to recover.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: HomeKit works great on paper.

The smart home for average consumers remains a faraway dream.

SEE ALSO:
Apple’s HomeKit security screwup spotlights the risk of smart homes – December 8, 2017
Zero-day iOS HomeKit flaw allowed remote access to IoT devices including door locks, garage door openers; fix rolling out – December 8, 2017
Apple delays HomeKit launch until autumn – May 14, 2015

23 Comments

  1. Forgot Homekit…. look at indigodomo for HA. A more mature platform, getting better all the time, with lots of plugins to have all kinds of devices interact with each other… Kind of what HomeKit is supposed to be..

    1. Which interfaces does Indigodomo use? Zigbee? Z-wave? WiFi?

      I’ve been using SmartThings for years – recently it seems that devices that connect via Z-Wave have been problematic with ST – I recently replaced eight Z-wave switches with Zigbee switches because of the issues. Everything runs great now – but the pain in the pocket from originally spending nearly $400 for Z-wave switches, just to spend $320 to replace them with Zigbee switches to get functionality back, was more than a little irritating.

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