A multitude of enhancements will arrive on Apple’s HomeKit platform later this year, led by a new industry interoperability standard called Matter that will be supported by Apple and others, helping to unify the smart home market.
Matter support will be built into iOS 15 and will be part of the Home app, allowing users to control HomeKit and Matter devices in one place.
HomeKit is also getting a new feature called home keys, which will allow users to tap on their watch or phone to unlock their door.
The integration between HomePod and Apple TV will also be improved, as users will be able to ask Siri on HomePod to play something on Apple TV completely hands-free. This will be in addition to the new SharePlay functionality that Apple will bring later this year, making it easier to view content with friends synchronized on FaceTime, as well as content recommendations to watch in a group.
Apple also announced that a number of enhancements are coming to the Home app on Apple Watch in watchOS 8. Users will be able to touch an intercom button to broadcast a message to speakers throughout the home, and the app will also provide smart quick access to accessories that users are likely to need at the time.
The security cameras in HomeKit will also be enhanced with package detection, informing users when a delivery is made to their doorstep.
Apple TV will also get HomeKit features, with a demo showing users turning on exterior lights from the view of a security camera. And HomeKit on tvOS will allow users to display multiple cameras at the same time.
HomeKit enhancements are scheduled to arrive this fall alongside other Apple platform updates, including iOS 15, watchOS 8, and iPadOS 15.
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