Apple's HomeKit smart home platform works with more accessories than you might think
When it comes to smart home systems, Apple HomeKit has always felt left in the shadows compared to the more popular Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Even dedicated smart home systems like Samsung SmartThings can often feel more commonplace than Apple HomeKit, despite the Home app appearing on every iPhone and there being no need to install a hub to get it working.
Part of this problem stems from Apple originally requiring smart home device makers to install a dedicated chip in every product designed for HomeKit. This added cost and complexity, and effectively priced low-cost smart home device makers out of Apple's ecosystem.
But thankfully this is no longer the case, and for the past couple of years device makers have been able to authenticate their products for HomeKit using software instead of the chip.
Now, there's a huge range of products to use with the Apple Home app – and the company helpfully keeps a list of every compatible accessory on its website.
HomeKit accessory categoriesApple
We won't list every device here, but for a taste of what Apple HomeKit is capable of, here are all of the device categories the Home app understands and works with:
As you can see, it is a broad range of devices that work with HomeKit, ready to be controlled from your iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, or by speaking to Siri on any of those devices, as well as on the Apple TV and HomePod.
Each category also has a good number of devices. For example, Apple currently lists 21 cameras that work with HomeKit, nine garage door openers, dozens of smart lights, door locks and smart plugs, and over 30 thermostats.
Stand-out brands who have products that work with HomeKit include Arlo, D-Link, Eve, Logitech, Somfy, Hive, Philips Hue, Wemo, C by GE, LIFX, Schlage, Ikea and many more besides.
Just look for the 'Works With Apple HomeKit' logo on the box to make sure the accessory can be added to the Home app, and you're good to go.
Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility checker to see the other compatible products that work with Apple HomeKit enabled devices.
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