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 app, called Home, 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 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 or check to see if your August door lock is secure. However, if you want to control these remotely, you’ll need an Apple TV to act as a bridge.
On a recent 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.
Below is a list of all the HomeKit-compatible devices — we’ll update it as more debut.
Lutron: Control your lights with its bridges and kits.
Products: Smart Bridge ($80), Caséta Wireless In-Wall Light Dimmer with Remote ($60), Caséta Wireless Plug-In Lamp Dimmer with Remote ($60), Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting In-Wall Dimmer Kit ($170), Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Plug-in Lamp Dimmer Kit ($190)
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 ($74), and iDevices Thermostat ($130)
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), Thermo (£59, not available in the U.S.)
Other companies that have announced partnerships or future product compatibility at WWDC, CES, IFA, etc…
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 is aiming for a to launch its Bluetooth extender in spring 2017.
D-Link: A new D-Link camera, the Omna 180 Cam HD, is due out in 2017 and will be HomeKit compatible.
Friday Smart Lock: This Indiegogo project is a HomeKit-compatible lock — pre-orders are ongoing.
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.
Osram Sylvania: Another lighting company that, like Cree, was on the partner list when Apple first announced HomeKit. It promises its bulbs will come out in early 2017.
Ring: During WWDC 2016, the company announced its video doorbell will soon work with HomeKit, possibly in early 2017.
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.