Apple HomeKit celebrates five years and home-sweet-home couldn’t be sweeter. With your devices synced and working together flawlessly, everyday life is simply easier. When you have less to manage, you have more bandwidth for living. 

Hey, Siri…Tell me about HomeKit

Curate a smart home ecosystem that responds how you like, when you like. With that familiar phrase – “Hey, Siri…” – you have total control of your environment. HomeKit provides one place for all of your compatible smart home apps to work in concert with one another.

Scenes have become firmly established as a desired feature of smart home systems. HomeKit offers scene settings to run multiple commands simultaneously. At day’s end, turn off the lights, lower the thermostat and arm the security system with the tap of a screen or a simple, “Hey, Siri, Good Night.” 

If you’d rather your smart devices run separately, you can do that, too. Want just the window treatments to open at mid-day? Or perhaps the living room lights to turn on by 4 p.m.? Not a problem. HomeKit provides the freedom to set individual devices to run independently. Keep track of everything with the handy app on your iPhone. 

Apple HomeKit Matters

During the past five years, hundreds of HomeKit-compatible devices have hit the market. With the familiarity and brand-affinity many people have for Apple, you likely own a host of these products already. Apple TV, HomePod, and HomePod mini can be your Home Hub with HomeKit. And, since HomeKit connects devices in multiple ways, you have the flexibility to use various brands. For example, Philips Hue lights rely on a hub, while LIFX lights use Wi-Fi. Bluetooth and Thread are also ways devices can connect with HomeKit.

The anticipated release of iOS 16 this fall brings a redesigned Home app and Matter-certified devices to HomeKit, adding even more life-changing options. There’s everything from TVs and thermostats to fans, garage doors, blinds, sensors and locks. Each comes with a QR code, so connecting your devices is as simple as scan, tap, add. 

Live Responsively

Time is currency. Harness more time for what matters with your connected home. “Hey Siri, Leaving For Work.” Those few words can have you on your way by setting an away scene and managing your home while you’re gone. Not only can you accomplish multiple tasks with an easy voice command, you have peace of mind knowing your residence is set precisely how you want it to be. Arriving home at the same time as your dinner guests? Disengage your door lock and alarm, run your favorite playlist, cue your lighting to a welcoming glow, and draw back the living room shades to reveal the sweeping views of the bay before you’ve parked your car. 

Five years in, and HomeKit is going strong. With an innovative company like Apple, more is yet to come. Enjoy what you have now to the fullest with cohesive connection, and spend more time living.

Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.

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