Apple is working closely with many builders to build smart homes reports Bloomberg. By working closely with builders, Apple is trying to make homes smart right from the get-go, which would be an easy sell compared to making an house Homekit-compatible later on.
Companies that Apple is working closely on its smart home initiative include Brookefield Residential Properties Inc. and others. If you plan on buying such a home right away though, prepared to be disappointed since they are still some time away from completion.
“We want to bring home automation to the mainstream,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of product marketing. “The best place to start is at the beginning, when a house is just being created.”
Making an existing home Homekit-compatible is more difficult and turns out to be more expensive as well. While HomeKit-compatible devices like Philips Hue have turned out to be popular among consumers, their high price and the upgrades required to install other similar HomeKit-compatible devices have kept many consumers away. Additionally, consumers are not exactly sold on the smart home idea which has led to a very slow pace of adoption.
In a bid to promote HomeKit-compatible devices, Apple has debuted a new Home app in iOS 10 that makes it easier for consumers to control their HomeKit devices. Users can also set up ‘scenes’ to quickly control multiple HomeKit devices at one.