Apple says it’s launching new smart home appliances for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch in the US
New HomeKit smart home products for the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, Apple iPod Touch, and MacBook Pro will debut in the U.S. this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday, as he announced a new product family aimed at making the devices more affordable.
The new products include a smart speaker that can control lighting, a smart thermostat, and a smart lightbulb, among other smart features.
These smart products, called HomeKit, are built on top of iOS 10 and will be available in the United States by the end of this month, Cook said during the WWDC keynote at the Apple Retail Conference.
Cook also unveiled a new iOS 8.3 beta for the home automation software, iOS 8 for smart locks, and an iPhone app called Home.
“We’re going to be releasing a bunch of new features in the next few weeks,” Cook said.
“HomeKit is the first step in getting these into the homes of millions of consumers.”
Apple is working on new products in its smart home and is developing an “in-home device experience,” he said, to make the smart home more accessible and appealing.
Apple has also been experimenting with the Siri voice-activated assistant, which was recently featured in the new iPhone XS and the new Apple Watch Series 3.
“This is an in-home experience,” Cook added.
“There’s not an app for it.”
The Apple Home app, currently available in Apple Watch and iOS 10, will soon have a new name: HomeKit.
Apple will also begin to integrate the Siri assistant with HomeKit-based home security devices in the coming months.
Apple is also bringing HomeKit to the Apple Watch.
The company will begin to use Siri to make HomeKit products, but will not allow Siri to do any actions in the device.
Cook said HomeKit is designed to be a companion to the Home app on Apple Watch, adding that the new Home app will be able to show you “things you want to do and things you don’t want to.”
The new HomeKit product family will debut this week and will include a speaker, lightbulbs, smart thermoregulator, and smart lights.
Apple introduced HomeKit and Siri as part of the new “Home” experience on Apple TV.
The Siri voice assistant on Apple TVs also supports HomeKit functionality, and HomeKit on Apple devices will work with Siri on Apple products.
The new Siri-enabled Siri voice assistants on iPhones and iPads will also work with the new Siri voice search feature, which will be part of HomeKit features.
The iPhone X and the Apple TV Series 3 will be supported for HomeKit in the near future.
Cook also confirmed a partnership with Amazon that will allow the company to create new products that will be compatible with Home.