Smart Home with Apple: Configure, operate and automate HomeKit

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If you want to pick the cherry on the cake from the range of smart home manufacturers, you can quickly juggle a wealth of control apps on your smartphone. Networking platforms such as Apple’s HomeKit, on the other hand, promise that you can operate devices from many brands under a common interface, keep an eye on them and use if-then rules to teach you automatic processes. The corresponding aids are in the form of the app called Apple Home and the Siri voice assistant on Apple hardware ex works.

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Above all, Apple wants to lower the hurdles for beginners and inspire them for home automation. In the following we show how low-threshold HomeKit really is in practice and also go into the security barriers the group is pulling around the platform. Which accessories work with Apple’s control technology? How do you operate, sort and automate it according to your ideas? Where are the pitfalls, where are the system’s limits? A guide for Apple users’ first steps into the smart home.

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Entry into the smart home

Apple links the use of the platform to basic hardware equipment in-house. You should have at least an iPhone or iPad with iOS 10. This is the only way to teach in new accessories. The more recent iOS 13 or 14 operating system versions are required for the full range of functions.

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