Apple Home is the umbrella app for the well-known HomeKit and makes it possible to operate all your compatible smart home devices with one app. Apple Home can be used on your iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV. This article will explain everything you need to know about Apple Home for iOS and WatchOS.
How does Apple Home work?
Apple Home actually packs all apps from HomeKit- compatible smart home devices together and places them in one clear environment. Within this environment it is possible to turn individual devices on or off, to create scenes so that multiple devices are activated at the same time and to create time schedules. The big advantage of this is therefore an overview of your smart home devices and the elimination of the need to have a separate app on your home screen for each device.
Apple Home is deeply integrated within iOS. For example, you can bring up the scenes or devices on your unlock screen and immediately perform actions thanks to 3D Touch (pressing harder on the app shows shortcuts). Siri is also still the point of contact to perform certain actions or to turn individual devices on or off. Voice control is very simple. For example, you can ask Siri things like “turn off lights in the bedroom” or “is the front door closed?” Of course the specific questions and commands depend on the smart home devices you use.
The scenes are an important part of Apple Home. For example, you can create a scene called ‘Good morning’ that automatically opens the curtains, turns on the coffee machine, turns on the lights and turns on the radio. For a scene like ‘I’m gone’ you can have the doors closed, the lights turned off and the thermostat set to low. Again, however, applies here; the options depend on the HomeKit-compatible smart home devices that you use within Home.
Apple Home for iOS
If you have an Apple TV media box, this device can also serve as a smart home hub. The media box makes it possible to execute commands sent to HomeKit devices also remotely. For example, it is possible to close the garage door, view the security camera or activate scenes when you are not at home. An Apple TV is needed to create automatic elements, such as turning on the heating at 6 p.m. or turning off the lights when you get home. You can activate an accessory or scene based on the time of day, your location, sensor registrations and more.
Apple has of course launched an Apple Watch, so simple operation via this smart watch should not be missing. With WatchOS 3 it is possible to receive notifications when, for example, someone is at your door, and you can also operate various smart home devices from your wrist. It is of course not a full-fledged Home experience, but you can easily switch between scenes and switch devices on or off.
All this is of course only possible with smart home devices that are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit . A few examples are Philips Hue, Tado and Honeywell thermostats and many more products. You can find a list of all compatible devices on this page . The list grows by the day and Apple foresees a moment in the near future when you can actually control your entire smart home with Apple Home. In the coming period we can therefore, among other things, smart locks, smart window coverings, smart security systems, smart air conditioners, smart kitchen appliances, smart doorbells and many more devices with HomeKit support. If you are in the stores, you can see from the sticker with ‘Works with HomeKit’ whether a device is compatible.