Apple’s focus on a smart, connected home has only improved with the unveiling if iOS 10, thanks to a new, dedicated app called Home.
It’s a natural evolution from HomeKit, which acts as the underlying platform to connect smart devices like lightbulbs, the garage door, locks, and more. And with the unveiling of iOS 10, Apple made it even easier to control all of those devices with the new Home app. And while showing it off, the company made sure to point out that the perfect Home hub is the fourth-generation Apple TV running tvOS, which works as an always-connected device that will allow for all-time access.
But not everywhere can get an Apple TV, like China, so there has to be an alternative, right? As SlashGear discovered, there is — and it’s the iPad. With iOS 10, which will work on tablets all the way back to the iPad mini 2, the device can work as an effective Home Hub just like the Apple TV.
There are two important factors to consider, though: First, the iPad will always need to be connected to your local Wi-Fi network. Second, the iPad has to always be connected to power, too. If you disconnect the iPad from the charger, the connection to the HomeKit-enabled devices will be lost.
Home will work as a hub for all of the HomeKit smart devices, and it can work on the iPhone and Apple Watch as well, but those need to be home to use. Having the always-connected Home hub makes it possible to control those devices even when you’re away — and without the need of an Apple TV.
Of course, if you don’t have a fourth-generation Apple TV or an iPad, the set-top box might be the better option for its price.
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