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So what's Apple HomeKit?

Apple HomeKit is a technology to connect every aspect of a smart home - the "HomeKit ecosystem". HomeKit affords ease and of use and the highest level of smart home security.

Apple's HomeKit technology was first introduced back in 2014 alongside with the release of Apple iOS 8.

However, not all was rosy. The technology required human intervention and inspection and the Apple certification process was built around a licenced chipset that complicated production and increased costs of HomeKit devices.

From the outset and not surprisingly, Apple closed the HomeKit ecosystem resulting in it being safer and less prone to hackers than Alexa and other home technologies. However this is somewhat of a double-edged sword as developers have had to have Apple approve their products and processes. This has slowed the pace of HomeKit deployment but it does mean that Apple HomeKit creates a more secure network and better protect privacy whilst perhaps totally reduced hacking of HomeKit devices through super-high encryption and security standards.

Today, HomeKit offers a platform for users of Apple's iOS devices and Mac computers to take control of their connected smart home.

Operating via Apple's Home app, HomeKit doesn't require you have a central device or hub to run a smart home. All you need is an iPhone, iPad or Macintosh computer and adding an Apple TV or HomePod to act as a hub opens up further possibilities.

The concept behind Apple HomeKit is straightforward .... instead of having a bevy of different smart home apps on your iOS device that don’t speak to each other, HomeKit brings them all together and also offers Siri voice control over iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod, and Mac computers. Interestingly Apple don't build the HomeKit products that you will need to evolve your smart home.

HomeKit devices are added by using the Home app to scan a unique six-figure HomeKit code or QR code found on individual products or in its box or manual - a tiny inconvenience for strong security.

Pairing of devices is almost instantaneous and each product then appears in the Apple Home app.

From there you can rename products, assign to rooms, set actions, run shortcuts - almost limitless possibilities. HomeKit sensors offer live updates of air quality, temperature, humidity, motion or contacts being broken or closed and you apply actions and shortcuts from there.

Many HomeKit products will require their own hub, which also slowed the rollout of HomeKit with many users complaining about unforeseen costs. That is now changing especially with products like the Onvis products that require no special hun whatsoever and because Apple tightly controls HomeKit, all manufacturers must sign on to Apple's very tight MFI programme

The ongoing advantage of Apple HomeKit is that "it just works" which is combined with bulletproof security.

The recent release of Apple HomeKit secure video is yet another credit in Apple's security of the HomeKit ecosystem.

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