Apple's HomeKit is set to unify the smart home, putting our iPhones and iPads in control of everything from smart thermostats to connected lightbulbs and more. It's the tech in the background that lets all your gadgets talk to each other.
It's all integrated into Home, a dedicated app that arrived with iOS 10, making it easier than ever to control all of your HomeKit enabled devices from one place.
Essential reading: Apple HomeKit essential guide
If you're an existing Apple user who wants to buy into the HomeKit smart home revolution then it can be a little hard to find which companies have opted in, and which have not (18 companies have at the moment). HomeKit enabled accessories and devices are can be sold with a "Works with Apple HomeKit" badge which helps.
Check out our list of the biggest names to sign up – and we'll keep things updated as time goes on...
Why would you want purple lighting in the bedroom and fuschia in the living room? Because you can, of course. Colours and brightness can now be controlled within the Apple ecosystem through Siri and, if you're an existing Hue user, it's simple to port all the info needed from your old bridge.
If you're new to the game, there is a white and colour ambiance starter kit containing the bridge and three A19 bulbs.
Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat
Honeywell announced a new version of its smart thermostat at CES 2016. The new Lyric is identical to previous models but adds HomeKit support - you can set the temperature from your iPhone, get alerts when it needs maintenance and there's geofencing so the Lyric will know when you enter and leave your house.
These types of functions can be integrated with other HomeKit devices and the smart thermostat is compatible with Samsung's SmartThings too. This is your answer if you like the look of Nest but you're sure you want a HomeKit home.
Hunter Symphony and Signal ceiling fans
CES also saw the news that Hunter's new Wi-Fi enabled Symphony and Signal ceiling fans will work with Apple HomeKit.
That means Siri control, as ever, and integration with other HomeKit products including creating scenes for fans and smart bulbs as you move from room to room in your house or get ready for bed.
Elgato Eve Home Monitoring
Knowing your home isn't just about how to get that toilet flush with the 'knack' to work. Nothing escapes the attention of the Elgato Eve range, which consists of four separate sensors (room, weather, energy, door and window) that will grant you immediate access to your house's humidity levels, air quality, and temperature – and even the air pressure outside.
Elgato's smart, energy monitoring plug and light switch are also be HomeKit compatible though its smart bulbs don't yet support Apple's standard.
First Alert ONELINK Wi-Fi
Nest kind of has the smart smoke and CO detecting market tapped up but don't discard First Alert if you're looking for some automated HomeKit compatibility.
The alarm, which replaces your current wired device (a battery powered version is also available) will alert you with notifications in the event of a smoke or carbon monoxide emergency and the HomeKit integration means you can run tests and alter mood lighting directly from your iPhone.
August Smart Lock
This clever lock uses a Bluetooth connection with your device to open up as you approach. It also works with a key, if your phone runs out of battery.
iPhone owners can use Siri to lock and unlock doors using voice commands. It also works with Apple Watch, so you can use your wrist worn device to lock the door, view your activity log, and receive instant notifications.
August has made some pretty big changes on the software front adding a new Access mode offering a list of companies that take care of stuff at home for you while you are away.
You're going to need a little bit more effort in to set up this thermostat from the Canadian home automation company because it comes complete with a number of remote sensors that fulfils the product's 'Follow Me' option. If they detect motion, the thermostat will take a temperature reading from that room and decide if it needs cooling down or warming up, according to your heating history since installation. Currently, US only.
iDevices Outdoor Switch
Your friends might be on top of home automation behind closed doors but what about outside? This is the first rain-tight smart plug to give options for those who want to have Siri-contolled lights this Christmas, or maybe get the outdoor party started while still plating up in the kitchen.
Plug it into the energy sapping 8-foot high Santa in the garden and you'll never have to worry about being bankrupted if you forget to turn him off when you're away from home. Currently, only available in the US.
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