Preview: The Home App for Apple HomeKit

Apple is hosting the 2016 World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week in San Francisco. During the keynote speech on Monday, Apple announced a lot of exciting information regarding iOS10, Apple HomeKit, and the new Home app. This was the first time HomeKit was covered at WWDC since it was released two years ago. ConnectSense was able to get the developers copy of iOS10 and explore the exciting Home app.

The home screen of the Home app shows the user what is currently going on with their devices as well as any of their favorite scenes or devices. Any accessories added to HomeKit will have the option of being added to the favorites section. All of the favorites can be controlled with the touch of a button from the home screen. It is also incredibly easy to change the home in which devices are being controlled if the user has multiple homes. Editing the settings and layout of the home screen are very manageable and simple. In the top right corner of the screen there is a “+” that allows for the creation of scenes and accessories. When creating a scene, there are often suggestions for appropriate applications of scenes, but the user also has the option to name the scene themselves. The user has the ability to add whatever accessories they want to the scene; then they can alter the states of the accessories. An example would be a scene that locks the front door, closes the garage door, turns off the lights, and sets the thermostat. Before the scene is finalized, there is an option to test the scene as well as add it to the favorites menu.

The rooms screen allows the user to break down their devices a little bit more. There are still scenes as there was on the home screen, but this time there is an option to select different rooms instead of homes (e.g., garage, living room, bedroom). Various accessories and scenes can be added within a room environment, giving the user more power over devices.

The last aspect of the Home app is the automation screen. There isn’t much in this portion of the app mostly because this is beta one, but it is safe to assume more will be in this section down the line. Even though there isn’t a lot of functionality to the automation tab, there is an interesting fact included. It states that Apple TV is essentially a gateway when the user is away from home. In addition to this, it says that an iPad that is left at home can be used as a gateway as well.

The iOS10 software provides a lot of power for Apple HomeKit. Besides the Home app, the user is also able to control their favorite accessories and scenes from the Control Panel. Simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen for an easy way to control devices. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting software.

Apple just announced the Home app at WWDC 2016. In this episode, Adam Justice of ConnectSense gives you a tour of the beta version of the Home app and shows you some of it's coolest features. Questions? Comment below or tweet Adam at @adamjustice ConnectSense on Amazon:

What is Apple HomeKit?

HomeKit was announced at WWDC 2014 as a smart home ecosystem for iOS. HomeKit is extremely exciting and allows you to purchase devices from different manufacturers that interoperate under this one ecosystem.


For instance, instead of having to control devices such as a thermostat, smart lock, or various plugs from fifteen different apps, you can now do it under one. This is great because it allows you to build on your smartphone experience one device and one solution at a time.


Apple did a fantastic job in its creation of the HomeKit setup process as it is extremely quick and simple. In the past, you would have to hook up to devices through USB or join its access point, which was overly complicated and time consuming. Devices can now be set up in one to two minutes in a much less complicated fashion.

End-to-End Encryption

In addition to this, privacy and security are major concerns for most of us as we bring smart devices into our home. Apple solves this by offering end-to-end encryption between the iOS device and the HomeKit device.

Siri Voice Control

The most prominent feature for the Apple HomeKit is the Siri voice control. It allows for the use of very simple commands that are very powerful for both individual devices and whole groups of devices.

What do you want to know about Apple HomeKit or other smart home technology? Comment below!

What is Apple HomeKit all about? In this episode, Adam Justice of ConnectSense gives an introduction to Apple HomeKit and an overview of some of its basic features including easy setup, end-to-end encryption, and Siri voice control. What are your questions about HomeKit?