Now the title might sound like a nightmare, or a horror/thriller movie; a giant firm that gets to control every electronic powered device in your home. Except that it is not what it sounds like. Apple, in World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) has announced their home automation kit, HomeKit. This marks Apple’s entry into automated or digital homes, where your electronic devices at home; be it the fridge, lights, oven, tap, locks, garage, TV and much more could be controlled using something as small as a smartphone or a tablet. Now with every software release there is always a hardware released with it right? Such is Apple’s style. This time they did not release any hardware that accompanies HomeKit.
Delving deeper into HomeKit, you won’t find it in you App Stores any time soon. Apple says that the HomeKit will only be a communication standard for the market. Apple describes the HomeKit as a “common network protocol with secure networking to ensure only your iPhone can” operate your home appliances. It’s designed to ensure that pairing with individual or a group of iPhone secure and also to work with Siri. You might want to tell Siri what you might want to do and Siri will take care of the rest, for example; “you could say things like ‘get ready for bed'” and your iPhone would do things like dimming your lights, lock your doors and windows, set the alarm and other things that you might be able to think of. Right now the HomeKit is still in developmental stage and Apple is working with the industry to make the HomeKit work as securely and more robust for homes. The automated home in Malaysia is still quite a new thing but it is not wrong to hope that the HomeKit or a Google equivalent reaches the market. Probably we will see the adoption of automated homes or smart-homes pick up in this side of the world.