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Apple HomeKit devices unlikely to land till spring at earliest

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Apple seems to be moving at a snail’s pace with the full-scale launch of its HomeKit automation system, a framework it announced back in June at its annual WWDC event.

The unveiling of the company’s HomeKit product seven months ago led some enthusiasts to believe that by the end of 2014 they’d be remotely controlling all manner of electrical items – inlcuding lights, locks, thermostats and plugs – via their iDevices or Apple TV.

But according to a recent Re/code report, HomeKit products made by third-party suppliers look unlikely to hit stores in any great number till spring at the earliest.

Unnamed sources told the news site that the apparent delays are partly down to the later-than-expected start of certification procedures for HomeKit hardware. The Cupertino company’s stringent standards regarding product performance are also said to have played a part in holding up the introduction of compatible devices.

As Re/code points out, CES 2015 saw the unveiling of several HomeKit products, including the ConnectSense Smart Outlet that lets users control various household appliances using Siri on an iDevice, and the Schlage Sense deadbolt that users can control via spoken commands. It will, however, be several months before any of these items hit the market.

In the words of Apple spokesperson Trudy Miller, HomeKit offers “a set of common protocols making it easier for customers to control HomeKit-enabled accessories using Siri or iOS apps.”

The system functions around “a secure foundation with end-to-end encryption which provides customers a secure connection between their iPhone or iPad and HomeKit accessory.”

Despite the seemingly slow rollout of products, Miller said Apple is excited to have an increasing number of partners “committed to bringing HomeKit products to market.” However, it seems interested consumers will have to sit tight for a few more months at least.

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