What is HomeKit and How it is Better than the Rest
With IoT taking over all aspects of our lifestyles, it has been a race to see which company can create the best ecosystem to connect with your household appliances. Of course, it is no surprise that Apple is leading the way with their ecosystem, HomeKit. This ultimate ecosystem will allow your smart appliances and smart home accessories interact with iOS software.
Compatibility with Big Name Brands
Apple has made sure to make HomeKit compatible with numerous brands that are producing smart appliances and smart home accessories such as,
This is just a hand full of compatible brands for HomeKit. Its compatibility is a huge selling point. It makes it more appealing to customers that already have smart appliances and accessories as well as customers that are looking to incorporate smart appliances and accessories into their homes.
HomeKit’s compatibility allows for consumers to mix and match what smart appliances and accessories they want without having to worry about which brand they have at home and which brand to buy. For instance, if you see a Philips smart lighting system, like the Hue, you absolutely must have, but you have August smart locks; there are no worries since both Philips and August are compatible with HomeKit.
Compatibility is not the only feature that makes HomeKit a desirable addition.
Apple Takes Care of Everything
Just like every smart device updates to the software and servers are a necessity, but with HomeKit the user doesn’t have to worry about making sure all the updates are, well up to date. Apple takes care of all that for you. Any maintenance in the software or servers for HomeKit and the compatible appliances and accessories is handled by Apple making this ecosystem more user-friendly and less of a burden. This also means that as long as Apple is in business, all your smart appliances and accessories will continue to work and function at top notch.
Another great feature of HomeKit is its ability to keep all your information and data private. Since HomeKit runs off of iOS, all your data is stored within iCloud. What does this mean for you? iCloud uses state of the art military grade encryption which makes it impossible to hack and 100% untraceable. This is definitely a security plus.
In addition, HomeKit has iOS 11 integration. This allows the user to set up HomeKit on one of their Apple devices and from there HomeKit will automatically sync up with all your Apple devices whether they are:
- Apple Watch
This also makes HomeKit a future-proof device. What does this mean? It means that no matter what new devices that Apple creates, HomeKit with auto-sync with that device. For example, if Apple were to come out with a new iPad of which you purchased, then your HomeKit would auto-sync with your new iPad. This allows HomeKit to be a long-term household device that will continue to benefit your lifestyle for as long as you deem fit.
What Sets HomeKit Apart from the Rest
HomeKit is not the only ecosystem on the market, but it is the superior one. Amazon has its version called Alexa. While Alexa has taken off quite well, it does not have nearly the same features that make HomeKit the more superior product.
- A User-Friendly Experience
HomeKit’s compatibility, iOS 11 integration, Apple maintenance, and Siri’s intuitive design gives you a seamless experience that Alexa cannot. This makes HomeKit very user-friendly. Whereas Alexa is more developer friendly, but it’s difficult for the consumer to use.
With HomeKit, Siri can analyse all your data and make predictions that can correspond with smart clocks, lighting, locks, etc. This in correlation with the location-based triggers makes it so that, for example, as you get out of your car your front door will unlock, or your garage door will auto-open as you pull into your driveway. The same can be said for your sleep patterns. The lights in your room can dim as it gets closer to bedtime and when it is time to wake up in the morning can slowly brighten as not to shock the senses early in the morning. These are just a couple of examples of what HomeKit can do in comparison to Alexa.
Alexa does not have anywhere close to the same security measures in place as HomeKit with it’s iCloud and military grade encryption as mentioned above. Your personal information is so much safer with HomeKit.
- Share the Good Life
HomeKit can allow you to share the experience with any family or friends that come to visit. This will enable HomeKit to adjust to their needs through the duration of their stay. Alexa does not have this feature. It seems only logical that your guests get to share in the experience of your smart home ecosystem.
Not only is this a great feature for you and your visitors, but this is an excellent way for HomeKit to sell itself if your guests do not already have it at home.
- Apple’s Continuous Developments
Apple plans to continue to improve upon this already unique ecosystem with the intention of pitching HomeKit to realtors worldwide so that more people can have the HomeKit experience. Apple has the expectations of being the face of smart home innovations that will storm the planet.
HomeKit in a Nutshell
This innovative ecosystem is on track to take the world by storm. It’s compatibility with other smart appliances and accessories, best security features, and being user-friendly not only for you but for anyone that comes to visit makes HomeKit as the way to go for automating your home for the long-term.
HomeKit blows its competitors out of the water with its superiority. Amazon’s Alexa has quite a ways to go to really reach the level of sophistication that HomeKit offers. So when it comes to picking the best ecosystem for your home, HomeKit is clearly the number one choice.