In 2015, the first HomeKit products with Apple’s MFi (“Made for iPhone”) certification went on sale or up for pre-order. The certification ensures that these smart-home devices come with an authentication chip and have undergone rigorous testing to get Apple’s official seal of approval. At the Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2016, the company announced its Home app, which rolled out during the latter half of last year. Home lets you control all your HomeKit-compatible devices through the app, or via your iPhone’s Control Center.
Apple’s first big partners for its smart-home platform included Philips, Haier, and Honeywell. Devices from these manufacturers have slowly trickled out since then. Now you can ask Siri to turn on your Philips Hue lights (they can also check the air quality!) or check to see if your August smart lock is secure. If you want to control these remotely, however, you’ll need an Apple TV to act as a bridge. Eventually, Apple’s HomePod speaker, with Siri built in, will function as a hub, but the company pushed back its expected December 2017 release. Many HomeKit devices are also compatible with Amazon speakers and Google Home devices, so you can still use voice control for them.
During a quarterly earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared how he uses HomeKit in his own house: “When I leave the house, a simple tap on my iPhone turns the lights off, adjusts the thermostat down and locks the doors. When I return to my house in the evening as I near my home, the house prepares itself for my arrival automatically by using a simple geofence. This level of home automation was unimaginable just a few years ago, and it’s here today with iOS and HomeKit.”
Yet, Apple’s strict certification process has been blamed for the slow rollout of devices, especially when compared to the number of devices Amazon’s Alexa can control. For example, we’ve yet to see the Canary Plus, though the company said we could expect the HomeKit-enabled version of its all-in-one security system in fall of 2016. We’re not holding our breath.
Below is a list of all the HomeKit-compatible devices — we’ll update it as more debut.
Lutron: Control your lights with Lutron’s numerous bridges and kits.
Products: Smart Bridge ($80), Caséta Wireless In-Wall Light Dimmer with Remote ($59), Caséta Wireless Plug-In Lamp Dimmer with Remote ($50), Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting In-Wall Dimmer Kit ($176)
Philips Hue: Whether you want colorful or white lights, Philips Hue has lots of lighting options.
Products: Starter kit ($200), Philips Hue Bridge ($60), Extension bulb ($50), Lightstrip Plus ($90), Tap Switch ($50), Hue Go ($80)
iDevices: Plug anything into the company’s indoor or outdoor switch to make the device smart, and control your climate with the thermostat.
Products: iDevices Switch ($50), iDevices Outdoor Switch ($80), and iDevices Thermostat ($130)
Carrier: Remote accessibility gives Carrier Cor owners complete control over their home, allowing them adjust the temperature, see detailed energy reports, and more.
Product: Carrier Cor 7 (request quote)
Heatmiser: With a name like Heatmiser, this thermostat is bound to save U.K. homes some pounds.
Products: Heatmiser neoHub (£148)
Elgato: A variety of Elgato’s Eve sensors will give you all kinds of information about what’s going on inside your home.
Products: Door & Window ($40), Energy ($50), Weather ($50), Room ($80), Motion ($50) Thermo (£59, not available in the U.S.)
Fibaro: This flood sensor is outfitted with water-detecting probes and an ambient temperature sensor.
Products: Fibaro Homekit-enabled Flood Sensor ($70), Fibaro Homekit-Enabled Motion Sensor ($70) Fibaro Homekit-Enabled Door and Window Sensor ($60)
Other companies that have announced partnerships or future product compatibility
Canary: The Canary Plus is supposed to work with HomeKit, but there haven’t been many updates about what was supposed to be a fall 2016 release.
ConnectSense: This company announced a Bluetooth extender in spring 2017.
Haier: Apple announced the appliance maker as a partner at WWDC 2014 and already has a compliant smart air conditioner.
Kuna: Once HomeKit gets camera support, Kuna’s outdoor security camera will be one of the first devices of its kind to work with it.
Ring: During WWDC 2016, the company announced its video doorbell will soon work with HomeKit.
SkyBell: You can see the Wi-Fi doorbell company’s name on the list of Apple’s partners at the WWDC keynote, but it hasn’t given a timeline for compatibility.
Withings: At CES 2017, Withings announced its Home Plus camera will work with HomeKit.