Apple Planning IOS 9 ‘Home’ App To Control HomeKit Accessories [Report]

Apple is supposedly gearing up to launch HomeKit soon, most likely in time for WWDC next month, including the inclusion of a new ‘Home’ app in iOS 9, according to 9to5Mac. The Home app will allow users to control their connected home accessories from within one centralized app on their devices.

HomeKit was first introduced at WWDC last year in order for developers to integrate ‘smart’ home accessories with iOS. Thus far, HomeKit integration has been lacking; however, sources say that Apple has been quietly working behind the scenes on the Home app in order to debut it at WWDC next month.

Home is supposedly very simplistic in its current form and is said to include the following functionality: wirelessly discovering and setting up compatible HomeKit devices, creating a virtual representation of rooms in the home to easily organize and connect HomeKit devices, utilizing the Apple TV as a hub connecting all of the HomeKit devices, and offering a series of screens to help users find new HomeKit devices and apps.

The report is unclear as to whether or not Apple will announce the new Home app at WWDC. We’ve heard that HomeKit will be delayed from some publications; however, Apple has stated that several partners will unveil HomeKit accessories next month.

With that being said, Apple is also supposed to be working on their own HomeKit hardware, but as of now, there has been no set time for when that will launch.

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