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Apple HomeKit Announcement Drives Diverse Industry Reaction

June 19, 2014  | Subscribers Only

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Earlier this month, Apple announced HomeKit, a new framework for communicating with and controlling connected devices in a user’s home. App developers now have access to the HomeKit APIs, and can get started on creating compatible home control apps with the iOS 8 SDK. Hardware developers are invited to apply for the MFi (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) program, enabling them to create and market products that are developed specifically for iPhone, iPad or iPod compatibility.

Before the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), there was certainly a lot of industry noise about Apple’s anticipated steps into the ‘smart home’ arena. So now that announcements have been made, and the dust has settled, what is the industry reaction now, and what impact will Apple’s HomeKit have? What industry problems does Apple aim to resolve with its HomeKit APIs?

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