Apple HomeKit wants to unify your smart home, putting your iPhones, iPads and Siri in control of everything from smart thermostats to connected lightbulbs and more. It's the tech in the background that lets all of your gadgets talk to each other and everything is controlled in one place: Home, a dedicated app that arrived with iOS 10, making it easier than ever to get started.
Essential reading: Apple HomeKit essential guide
If you're an existing Apple user who wants to buy into the HomeKit smart home revolution, you'll want to know what works and what doesn't. HomeKit enabled accessories and devices can be sold with a "Works with Apple HomeKit" badge which helps, others are labelled as a HomeKit edition so always check to make sure you're selecting the correct model.
Check out our list of Apple HomeKit devices – and we'll keep things updated as time goes on...
D-Link Omna 180
Let's kick off with a smart security camera. D-Link's Omna is a 180-degree, 1080p connected cam that has infra-red LEDs for night vision up to 5m and two-way audio. Once it's hooked up to HomeKit, it gets even smarter, too. So you can set up scenes so that if the Omna 180 detects motion in that room of the house, your smart bulbs will come on automatically. Plus, you can control the camera through Apple's Home app.
This HomeKit-enabled Dimmer Kit lets you chat to Siri to control your smart bulbs or lamps - with the plug-in dimmers. It's not the most aesthetically pleasing set up, but there's lots of features - from automatic scenes and schedules to geofencing when you leave and enter the house - and the Caséta line works with just about everything: HomeKit, Google Assistant, Nest, Logitech remotes and Honeywell thermostats, so you don't need to worry about locking yourself in with a smart home system.
Netatmo thermostat (HomeKit edition)
Netatmo has released a new HomeKit edition of its smart thermostat so you can remote control your home's heating via Siri on your iPhone or iPad. One of its niftiest tricks is Auto Adapt, which means that the Netatmo system will learn your habits over time and set the temperature of your house of flat accordingly. The funky design is by Stark and it comes in three colours. This isn't on the US HomeKit list yet but is available in the UK and Europe.
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 already got Hue you need to pick up the new HomeKit Upgrade bridge, otherwise go for the HomeKit compatible starter kit. Then you can also add a Lightstrip Plus, Downlight or Hue Go or to the mix.
Honeywell Lyric Round smart thermostat
Honeywell announced the latest version of its smart thermostat in 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 can be integrated with other HomeKit devices, such as Honeywell's Lyric smart cameras and security systems plus the smart thermostat is compatible with Samsung's SmartThings and Alexa too. This is your answer if you like the look of Nest but you're sure you want a HomeKit home.
Nanoleaf Aurora is a modular lighting system that you can stick to your walls and windows to make beautiful designs. It comes as a set of triangles which will glow and/or flash whatever colours you wish and, just to top it all off, it's entirely voice controlled. Here's where the HomeKit bit comes in: you can use Siri (or Alexa) to control your lights with your voice. Buy a starter kit and add panels as you go. Beaut.
Hunter Symphony and Signal ceiling fans
Hunter's Wi-Fi enabled Symphony and Signal ceiling fans work with Apple HomeKit too. 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 haven't showed up on the list of devices yet.
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.
Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi thermostat
You're going to need to put 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. Also available in a "lite" model for $169.
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-controlled 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. The rest of the iDevices HomeKit line-up is rounded out by a smart bulb socket and a smart plug.
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