Apple clarifies list of HomeKit accessories in new categories

There are a lot of compatible HomeKit accessories, and that variety can leave consumers confused about what’s officially supported and what isn’t. With that in mind, Apple has reorganized them all into categories on its HomeKit page, making it easier than ever to find the right smart-home gadget for you.

Apple’s HomeKit range encompasses a number of third-party devices that link together through your iPhone to give you a much smarter home than you ever thought possible. Everything from smart lighting, to wireless heating, Wi-Fi-connected plugs and outlets, to smart-controlled locks for your doors and windows. All of those compatible devices are now listed on Apple’s HomeKit accessories page and placed in their own category.

Now it’s easy to go to Apple’s HomeKit section and look through the various sensors you can pick from. If you’re looking for motion or floor sensors, they’re there. If you’re in the market for some new connected smoke alarms, they’re there too. There are also light switches, cameras, doorbells, garage door openers, fans, thermostats, outlets, and much more.

Apple even details a number of announced and upcoming devices, all of which will be compatible with its Home App when they launch.

This is all part of Apple’s renovation of the HomeKit platform, which looks to demystify the idea of smart, connected home features by better explaining how it all works and how this sort of technology can benefit everyone — not just early adopters and tech-heads.

We’re not saying Apple copied our idea, but it wasn’t the only one that thought it was a good plan to make a list of compatible HomeKit products.

Where Apple takes it a step further though, is in its recommendation of certain builders that know how to implement HomeKit products in your home. It has a list of four different building companies, each of which it gives the thumbs up to as a potential installer, for those who don’t want to get their hands dirty or risk messing with electric wiring in their home.

Smart Home

This Silicon Valley studio rents for $1,500 per month — to 2 cats

A man in San Jose, California, rents a studio apartment for $1,500 per month for a very important reason: So his daughter's two cats have a place to call their own. It may be the swankiest cat pad on the West Coast.
Home Theater

All of the TVs getting Apple’s AirPlay 2 in 2019

This year, Apple made it clear it was done keeping its AirPlay wireless streaming technology to itself. With an open API, the way is clear for a plethora of third-party devices, including this growing list of TVs.
Mobile

Having trouble logging in? Here’s how to reset your Apple ID password

To use any of Apple's services, you need to have an Apple ID and know your password. Thankfully, there are ways to deal with forgotten passwords and regain access to your account. Here's how to reset your Apple ID password.
Mobile

Join the Apple club with our complete guide to switching from Android to iOS

If Android simply isn’t cutting it for you anymore, then you might be considering Apple’s warm embrace. Here’s how to make the switch from Android to iOS without losing your contacts, sleep, or hair!
Deals

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for January 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for January 2019.
Deals

Amazon drops prices on Roomba robot vacuums by up to $150

Amazon is offering discounts on iRobot Roombas and other robot vacuums to help you get a leg-up on those chores. We've rounded up the best deals available now and put them all in one place.
Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…
Smart Home

Speed up cooking with one of the best pressure cookers on the market

Not all pressure cookers are created equally. You have to choose between stovetop cookers, multicookers, canners, and even microwave cookers. Our pressure cooking buyer's guide includes our picks for the best in each category.
Smart Home

Brew it fast, hot, and flavorful with our favorite coffee makers

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.
Smart Home

This just in: Alexa can now deliver the news like a professional newscaster

The Amazon Alexa team has given Alexa a newscaster voice that improves the way she delivers the news and reads Wikipedia articles, making the smart assistant easier to understand.
Product Review

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the simplest entry into a smarter doorway

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 may lack the style and sophistication of premium door-dingers, but few can match its simplicity and versatility. The device, available in both wired and wireless configurations, is easy to set up and adds instant…
Smart Home

Ring security camera catches man licking the doorbell for hours

A family in Salinas, California had their Ring camera capture something pretty unexpected: a man licking the doorbell outside of their home for more than three hours. The incident took place around 5:00 a.m.
Smart Home

GHSP makes a (back)splash with its touchscreen concept kitchen

One of the coolest concept kitchens from CES 2019 came from GHSP. It created a backsplash entirely made of touchscreens. That means the control panel for your kitchen is accessible no matter where you are.
Product Review

Kwikset Kevo Contemporary review

Tired of carrying around keys? Make keyless entry so easy that all you have to do is have your phone nearby to open the door. It’s a little pricey, but sleek lines and simple features make the Kwikset Kevo Contemporary a great choice for…