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 our household appliances. Of course, it is no surprise that Apple is leading the way with its ecosystem, HomeKit. This ultimate ecosystem will allow smart appliances and smart home accessories to interact with all devices running on iOS.
Compatibility with Big Name Brands
Products that work with HomeKit technology are interoperable and work from the same interface in all Apple products.
HomeKit’s compatibility allows 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 switch automation system, like the Wozart, you absolutely must have, but you have August smart locks; there are no worries since both Wozart and August are compatible with HomeKit.
Compatibility is not the only feature that makes Apple HomeKit a desirable addition. 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 a security plus. 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 using:
iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, AirPods, iPod
This also makes HomeKit a future-proof device. What does this mean? It means that no matter what new devices that Apple creates, HomeKit ensures all your connected devices will work with the new device. For example, if Apple were to come out with a new iPad, then your connected devices will auto-sync on 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 anything that matches easy to use and interoperable ecosystem of HomeKit
. A User-Friendly Experience HomeKit’s compatibility, iOS integration, Apple maintenance, and Siri’s intuitive design gives you a seamless experience that other ecosystems cannot provide. 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. 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 dim as it gets closer to bedtime and when it's time to wake up in the morning, they 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.
Security 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 joy of connected home HomeKit allows you to share the experience with your family and friends just by sending them an invite to their iCloud account. That's it, your home control is synced with them on all their smart devices.
Apple’s Continuous Development Apple plans to continue to improve upon this already unique ecosystem to pitch HomeKit to realtors worldwide so that more people 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. Its 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 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 reach the level of sophistication that HomeKit offers. So when it comes to picking the best ecosystem for your home, HomeKit is the number one choice.