Apple’s HomeKit allows third-party developers to plug into its iOS software so that your iPhone or iPad can communicate with smart home accessories, be those light switches, bulbs, thermostats, or air conditioners.

These can all be controlled via the Home app, built into iOS 10. However, despite adding an extra pane for HomeKit connected products into the Control Center on iOS, Apple has not historically spent a lot of time promoting HomeKit.

However, following the upload of a brand new video showcasing exactly what you can achieve in the home with your iOS device earlier this month (see below,) Apple has now updated the Home section of its website to make it much easier to find and purchase smarthome products.

In the update, Apple has begun listing HomeKit support by category, rather than manufacturer, making it easier to start with implementing smart bulbs to your home, before moving onto light switches, for example.

The full list of categories that are compatible with HomeKit is:

  • Lights
  • Switches
  • Outlets
  • Thermostats
  • Windows
  • Fans
  • Air conditioners
  • Sensors
  • Security
  • Locks
  • Cameras
  • Doorbells
  • Garage Door
  • Bridges
  • Range Extenders

Considering smart products is such a fast-developing tech category, Apple usefully lists the products alongside those that have also been announced, or are coming soon, indicating this is a dynamic list which Apple will continue to update as new products are announced and go on sale.

The page also links users to HomeKit package providers, who can set you up with a variety of smart home products in one go.

Apple’s HomeKit accessory page can be found here.

So, now it’s easier to find, view, and buy smart Home products, is it time you checked back in with HomeKit? You may also find these articles useful in learning more about Apple Home…

Home automation: what ever happened to Apple’s Homekit
Introduction to HomeKit: Apple’s home automation
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New iOS 10 features: The new Home app

And for more ways to improve your home with only an iOS device, read our guide to redesigning your home with these interior design apps.