Connect Your Home, the Apple Way: First HomeKit Accessories Arrive In Stores

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Let there be light, Siri: A first batch of smart home devices capable of working with Apple’s HomeKit arrived in stores Tuesday. Connected light bulbs, thermostats and hubs from companies like Lutron, Insteon and iHome will all be able to be remotely controlled from iOS apps — and possibly soon also connect to a revamped Apple TV device.

A total of five partners announced HomeKit-compatible accessories Tuesday: Lutron started to sell its HomeKit-enabled Smart Bridge as part of a starter kit at Apple stores. Insteon’s hub is now available on Amazon.com and Smarthome.com. Ecobee3’s smart thermostat will find its way to Apple stores next month, where you’ll also find Elgato’s smart sensors next month, and iHome has begun taking pre-orders for its i5 SmartPlug.

All of these devices make use of Apple’s HomeKit platform, which the company introduced a year ago at its WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC). HomeKit helps iPhones and other iOS devices to discover smart appliances in a user’s home, which can then either be controlled through an app, or through Siri voice commands.

Apple is also planning to integrate HomeKit with Apple TV, but has yet to details its plans for the role the streaming device is going to play in the smart home. The company is reportedly looking to introduce a new version of Apple TV at this year’s WWDC event, which is scheduled for next week. At that time, it will reportedly also detail how Apple TV could play a central part in keeping one’s connected appliances in check.