September 18, 2018 | By Jennifer BaughmanApple is rolling out a new smart home system to the masses today that includes a powerful, cloud-based smartphone that’s built into its home router.
The company is calling the device the Apple Home and it’s designed to be more flexible than the existing Apple HomeKit platform that has made its way into so many home systems.
In fact, the HomeKit-powered device will let you control the lighting in your home from afar without needing to download a separate app or connect your iPhone to the Home via a USB cable.
If you want to have a remote control for your Hue lights or thermostat, the Apple-branded device is the right platform for you.
As for the price point, the iPhone X comes in at $1,199 and is on sale now at Amazon for $1.79, while the Home is $1 of that price.
Apple says the Home will be available in two configurations: one that includes all the features of Apple Home, and one that does not.
The latter is a more expensive version that includes the ability to use the Home as a gateway to your existing Apple product.
Apple is using its patent-pending RemoteKit technology to build the device, which it says can handle up to four connected devices simultaneously, and it says it will support a wide range of remote control options including a Bluetooth 4.0 LE, ZigBee and Wi-Fi.
I had a chance to test out the Home and the Apple device during a brief hands-on session with Apple at WWDC 2018, and I’m happy to say the Home has a lot of potential in the living room.
It’s a smart home solution with the potential to bring some serious power to your home and get your home more connected to the internet.
The Apple Home will include Apple’s new HomeKit technology that lets you control your lighting and thermostats from afar using a single smartphone app, as well as the ability for you to connect to HomeKit through the Apple Remote app.
The HomeKit app includes a list of your connected devices, which Apple says can be grouped by temperature, light level, volume, etc. Once you’ve added them all to the list, the app will send your home to your connected Hue lights, thermostattas and lights in your garage.
When the Home goes live in the fall, it’ll be the first smart home device to incorporate a new platform that Apple says will allow it to do a lot more than simply let you remotely control lighting.
With the Home, Apple is bringing some big technology to the living rooms of homes that the company hasn’t done before.
HomeKit has been around for some time, but it’s never really caught on as a platform in its own right.
At its core, the new platform is built on the idea that you should be able to have your home connected to multiple devices in the same room, with Apple’s HomeKit, a software framework that lets developers create custom remote controls.
That means HomeKit can work with any smart home hub, from the Hue hub to your iPhone.
And it’s also built into the Home itself, allowing Apple to integrate with other products like Apple TVs and Apple Watch apps to control the lights in the room.
Apple says HomeKit will let it control up to 4 connected devices at once, and that it will use ZigBee for low-power Wi-Home connectivity.
For the iPhone and Apple Home to work together, however, you’ll need to purchase a separate hub that connects to the Hue lights and the Hue bulbs that you have installed in your living room, and then connect that hub to the Apple app.
There are no plans for a universal version of the Home that could work with almost any smart hub, including Hue hubs that aren’t compatible with HomeKit.
Other features in the Home include a built-in speaker that lets users play music or stream video, and the ability—once the device is paired to a Hue hub—to control your Hue lighting and the thermostatic functions in your house with one touch.
You’ll also be able control your HomeKit lighting by plugging it into a wall outlet or the Hue Hub.