Apple launched its home automation platform in 2014, offering promise to deliver simplicity to the once complex Smart Home control. While the company failed to gain much leeway for the first two years, it has worked diligently to add more partners over the past year. However, there is a bit of catching up to do to reach the same number of partners as Amazon has for its Echo platform.
HomeKit harnesses the innovative Siri, a virtual personal assistant, on Apple TV, iPod, Mac, Apple Watch and iPad to control connected gadgets in a home setting. When voice control was first mentioned, it seemed revolutionary, but today there are several voice-automated platforms, including Microsoft’s Cortana, Google Home and Amazon Echo.
There is no doubt that in the beginning, voice control faced some issues, with limited functionality and difficulty interpreting voice commands and questions. But, today voice-activated platforms have become more advanced, with the ability to respond to general questions and commands more effectively.
The Amazon Echo, with Alexa continues to lead the race. Amazon currently has more than 10,000 partners and it is no wonder why. The company just recently added native Smart Lock support to Alexa skills. According to a recent study, there are roughly 10 million Echo Bluetooth speakers installed in homes throughout the nation.
Apple’s Siri allows users to skip the app, when controlling their Smart Home devices. Apple Smart Lock partnerships, range from August Home, Schlage and Kwikset.
If you are contemplating creating a connected home network, you cannot go wrong with the HomeKit software platform. Apple is continuously adding new partners, bringing new capabilities to its Smart Home platform. Giving users the ability to group devices together, so a single command can control them all.